Conservative commentator Laura Loomer mentioned she was banned from utilizing Uber and Lyft after she posted a collection of anti-Muslim tweets following the terrorist badault in New York.
A spokesman for the ride-hailing service Lyft confirmed Thursday that Loomer’s account had been “deactivated” following her daylong tweetstorm that blamed Islam and Muslims for the lethal badault.
A consultant for Uber declined to touch upon the standing of Loomer’s account. It will not be clear if the ban is short-term or everlasting.
Loomer launched into an anti-Muslim rant on Twitter Wednesday, calling for a brand new experience sharing firm to be created that did not make use of Muslims, after it was revealed that Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect within the New York terror badault, was a former Uber driver.
“Someone needs to create a non Islamic form of Uber or Lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver,” Loomer tweeted, tagging each corporations within the publish.
The tweet marked the start of a daylong anti-Islamic social media badault that blamed all Muslims for ISIS terrorism. Loomer additionally posted a photograph of two girls sporting hijabs close to the intersection the place Tuesday’s badaults occurred, writing “I bet they’re loving this.”
Hours later, she re-tweeted studies that she’d been banned from each ride-sharing companies. The 24-year-old has responded to the ban by saying that she shall be taking authorized motion towards each corporations.
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“Uber will literally hire an Islamic terrorist, but they will ban a conservative journalist for addressing legitimate safety concerns,” she tweeted.
The backlash to Loomer’s rant was swift and vocal, with many critics accusing the web agitator of stoking racism within the wake of a tragedy. Celebrities additionally criticized Loomer’s posts, with mannequin Gigi Hadid tweeting that she’s a “f***ing moron,” and actress Alyssa Milano posting that she’d reported Loomer to Twitter for hate speech.
The blowback appeared to embolden Loomer, who continued tweeting in regards to the ban Thursday.
Loomer describes herself as an impartial journalist, however lots of her critics have labeled her a vocal member of the alt-right. She beforehand labored for Project Veritas, which is run by far-right political activist James O’Keefe.