Uber PH draws flak for ‘insensitive’ tweet

Uber PH draws flak for ‘insensitive’ tweet
The ride-hailing app is accused of trying to capitalize on the plight of jeepney operators and drivers who will go on strike on Monday, February 27

MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing app Uber Philippines drew flak on Sunday evening, February 26, after tweeting about a promo for Monday, February 27, the day transport operators will be holding a nationwide strike.

In the tweet posted past 9 pm, which has since been deleted, Uber said: “Are you affected by the activities tomorrow? Don’t worry, new Uber users can get 2 free trips worth PHP500 each. Valid only on Feb 27.”

Some social media users then slammed Uber, saying it was “insensitive” for trying to capitalize on the plight of jeepney operators and drivers.

The jeepney operators and drivers are protesting the phaseout of old units in their fleet, among other issues.


Uber then apologized, saying it did not mean to “undermine upcoming events in any way.”

It also said it has “always been committed to providing safe, convenient, and reliable transportation for Filipinos” and wants to “provide this option to as many people as possible … especially when other options become unavailable.”

– Rappler.com

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