Uber’s scandals, blunders and PR disasters: the full list

The business has actually had a relatively nonstop string of errors, from its questionable CEO to doubtful methods and unwanted sexual advances claims

Uber has actually been rocked by a stable stream of scandals and unfavorable promotion in the last few years, consisting of discoveries of doubtful spy programs, a high-stakes innovation suit, claims of unwanted sexual advances and discrimination and awkward leakages about executive conduct.

The PR catastrophes culminated in CEO Travis Kalanick taking an indefinite leave of lack today and pledges of strong reform that mostly disregarded the ride-hailing business strained relationship with chauffeurs.

Here is a timeline of a few of the most substantial debates.

Boob-er reaction, February 2014

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick dealt with reaction for a sexist joke about his increasing desirability, informing an Esquire press reporter: We call that Boob-er.

Targeting the rival, August 2014

Uber dealt with allegations that it scheduled countless phony flights from its rival Lyft in an effort to cut into its services and revenues. Uber employers likewise supposedly spammed Lyft motorists in an effort to hire them far from the competitor.

The God View scandal, November 2014

Uber executive Emil Michael recommended digging up dirt on reporters and spreading out individual details of a female press reporter who was vital of the business. He later on said sorry . It was likewise exposed that Uber has a so-called God View innovation that permits the business to track users places, raising personal privacy issues. One supervisor had accessed the profile of a press reporter without her consent.

Spying on Beyonc, December 2016

A previous forensic private investigator for Uber affirmed that staff members frequently spied on political leaders, stars and exes, consisting of Beyonc.

Self-owning pilot failure, December 2016

Regulators in California bought Uber to eliminate self-driving lorries from the roadway after the business released a pilot without licenses. On the very first day of the program, the lorries were captured running traffic signals, and biking supporters in San Francisco likewise raised issues about the automobiles developing threats in bike lanes. The business blamed red-light concerns on human mistake, however the New York Times later declared that the business declarations were incorrect which the self-governing innovation stopped working.

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False marketing, January 2017

Uber was required to pay$20m to settle accusations that the business deceived individuals into owning with incorrect pledges about incomes. The Federal Trade Commission declared that a lot of Uber chauffeurs made far less than the rates Uber released online in 18 significant cities in the United States.

#DeleteUber goes viral, January 2017

A #DeleteUber project went viral after the business raised rise rates throughout a taxi demonstration at a New York airport versus Donald Trumps take a trip restriction. An overall of approximately 500,000 users supposedly erased accounts after the scandal emerged.

Trump ties, February 2017

CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from Trumps advisory council after users threatened a boycott. Kalanick stated: Joining the group was not indicated to be a recommendation of the president or his program however regrettably it has actually been misinterpreted to be precisely that.

Sexual harassment scandal, February 2017

Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler went public with claims of unwanted sexual advances and discrimination , triggering the business to work with previous United States attorney general of the United States Eric Holder to examine her claims . The story triggered prevalent dispute about sexism and misbehavior throughout Silicon Valley start-ups.

Google suit, February 2017

Waymo, the self-driving vehicle business owned by Googles moms and dad corporation Alphabet, submitted a suit versus Uber , implicating the start-up of computed theft of its innovation. The match, which might be a deadly obstacle for Ubers self-governing automobile aspirations, declared that a previous Waymo worker, Anthony Levandowski, took trade tricks for Uber. Uber later on fired the engineer .

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Deceiving police, March 2017

The New York Times reported that Uber for many years utilized a tool called Greyball to methodically trick police in cities where the business breached regional laws. The business utilized Greyball to recognize individuals thought to be working for city companies and performing sting operations, the Times reported. The discoveries caused the launch of a federal examination .

CEO captured chewing out a motorist, March 2017

Kalanick was captured on electronic camera arguing with his own Uber motorist, who grumbled about the trouble earning a living with the business decreasing rates. The embattled CEO chewed out the motorist: Some individuals do not prefer to take duty for their own shit. … They blame whatever in their life on someone else. Best of luck! He later on released an apology and stated he meant to obtain management aid.

Escorts in Seoul, March 2017

Tech news website the Information reported that a group of senior staff members, consisting of Kalanick, checked out an escort and karaoke bar in Seoul in 2014, resulting in an HR grievance from a female marketing supervisor. Customers at the bar normally choose females to sing karaoke with prior to taking them house.

Spying on the competitor, April 2017

News dripped of a secret program that Uber internally called Hell that permitted the business to spy on its competing Lyft to discover chauffeurs working for both business and to assist guide them far from the rival.

Underpaying chauffeurs, May 2017

Uber accepted pay chauffeurs in New York City 10s of countless dollars after confessing underpaid them for more than 2 years by taking a bigger cut of fares than it was entitled. The typical payment per motorist is anticipated to be about $900.

Twenty workers fired, June 2017

Uber exposed that it had fired more than 20 workers following an examination into the unwanted sexual advances claims and workplace culture.

Questioning a rape victim, June 2017

Reports exposed that a leading Uber executive had acquired the medical records of a female who was raped by an Uber chauffeur, supposedly to cast doubt upon the victims account. The executive, Eric Alexander, was fired after reporters discovered of the event, inning accordance with tech site Recode and the New York Times. The female later on took legal action against the business for breaching her personal privacy rights and maligning her.

A vigil in Delhi kept in assistance of a female who was raped by her Uber motorist in the Indian capital. Picture: Anindito Mukherjee/REUTERS

Kalanick departs of lack, June 2017

Kalanick revealed that he would take an indefinite leave of lack as the business launched a damning report on workplace culture that advised Uber evaluation and reallocate the CEOs obligations.

Board members sexist joke, June 2017

David Bonderman resigned from Ubers board after he made a sexist joke throughout an all-staff conference about reforming the business and fighting unwanted sexual advances. The investor had actually joked that there was most likely to be more talking with another lady on the board. He stepped and asked forgiveness down hours later on.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/18/uber-travis-kalanick-scandal-pr-disaster-timeline

The Guardian view on Donald Trumps team: not the new normal | Editorial

The Guardian view on Donald Trumps team: not the new normal | Editorial

Editorial: The president-elect has appointed oilmen, bankers, generals and anti-government ideologues. It is a tainted team for a tainted president chosen in a tainted election

The idea that Donald Trump might become a normal American president once he moved into the White House was always for the birds. The 2016 contest was an abnormal election won by an abnormal politician. It was an abnormal election because hackers linked to the Russian government worked to help Mr Trumps cause; because the head of the FBI tossed a political hand grenade into the closing stages of the contest which helped Mr Trumps cause; and because, since a US supreme court ruling in 2013, states that want to have exploited a power to impose voter ID rules that intentionally keep African Americans off the rolls. Oh, and 2.8 million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than Mr Trump. Thats hardly normal either.

Mr Trump was and remains an abnormal politician because he threatens changes that, with almost no exception, are genuinely destructive to American values and interests, not least to the interests of many of those white working-class voters who voted for him in the hope of change. He has now assembled a government team which, again almost without exception, testifies to this reality. These appointments confirm that he cannot be regarded as a president like any other. Perhaps, in five weeks time, when he actually succeeds Barack Obama in the Oval Office, he will start to do things that suggest otherwise. But that has not happened yet.

The first threat from the new appointments is that it is Team Corporate America. The new secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is one of the biggest oil moguls on the planet, chief executive of ExxonMobil, friend of Vladimir Putin and the Middle Eastern petrolocracies. The new energy secretary, Rick Perry, is an oilman and a climate change sceptic. Scott Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a body he would like to see closed down, holds those prejudices even more strongly. This will be a pro-carbon, pro-drilling and anti-climate change administration like no other.

It is also political Christmas for the Wall Street bankers. The new Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker whose stated priority is to cut corporate taxation by more than half. He will join former Goldman banker and Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon, Mr Trumps ultra-rightwing chief strategist, and the Goldman president, Gary Cohn, who will become, in effect, the new presidents chief economic adviser. Mr Trump may have railed against bankers, and Goldman in particular, during the campaign, but he has put them at the heart of his economic thinking.

The third fox in the governmental hen house is the military. Mr Trump said during the campaign that he knew more than the generals about the threat from Islamic State. But the generals will occupy key roles in his administration to such a degree that the head of Human Rights Watch has said there will be a whiff of military junta about it. With James Mattis at defence, the temperamental Islamophobe Michael Flynn as national security adviser, John Kelly in charge of the enormous homeland security bureaucracy and Mike Pompeo as the new CIA director, military men have seized some key jobs. Whether this heralds the politicisation of themilitary or the militarisation of politics will be a key question.

Mr Trumps appointments also point unerringly towards the dismantling of federal government programmes in other crucial areas. Making Andrew Puzder labor secretary puts an opponent of raising the minimum wage in charge of it. Betsy DeVos at education will be a privatiser running public schools policy. Tom Price at health and human services is both an arch-critic of Mr Obamas affordable care programme and a privatiser of the Medicare retirement care programme. Ben Carson at housing and urban development does not agree with government safety nets. Overall, the militarywill prosper at the expense of the poor. Guns not healthcare.

There is nothing normal about any of this; just as there is nothing normal about appointing Jeff Sessions, the Alabaman who has spent years in the Senate trying to roll back voting rights for African Americans, attorney general; and nothing normal about the expected appointment of an anti-choice justice to take the vacancy on the supreme court. In heavily tainted circumstances, America has elected a president who seems wholly unable to distinguish between private interest and public responsibility. As long as Mr Trump does so little to respect his own office, it is hard for others to respect him andit as they would normally.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/14/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trumps-team-not-the-new-normal

 

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