Woman banned from Uber after Islamophobic tweets

Laura Loomer was banned from Uber after a series of Islamophobic tweets.
Laura Loomer was banned from Uber after a series of Islamophobic tweets. Photo credit: Getty

Uber has banned a far-right activist after she published a series of anti-Muslim tweets.

Laura Loomer, a US political commentator and member of the 'alt-right', tweeted on Wednesday that she was late to a New York press conference, because she refused to be driven by a Muslim Uber or Lyft driver.

"I'm late to the NYPD press conference because I couldn't find a non Muslim cab or @Uber @lyft driver for over 30 min! This is insanity," she wrote.

Ms Loomer, who has more than 100,000 followers, tweeted a series of Islamophobic remarks in the wake of Tuesday's terror attack, in which Muslim immigrant Sayfullo Saipov, 29, killed eight people with a truck in lower Manhattan.

She identified herself as a "proud Islamophobe", called Islam a "cancer" and said that Muslims should be banned from "the civilized world".

Uber told Business Insider on Wednesday that Ms Loomer had been banned for violating the platform's community guidelines. Max Tani of Business Insider later tweeted an update that Lyft, a similar ride-sharing service, had also banned Ms Loomer.

Ms Loomer was criticised on Twitter by supermodel Gigi Hadid for publishing a photo of women wearing hijabs on a Manhattan street, claiming they were "rubbing it in everyone's face".

Ms Hadid, who is Muslim herself, called Ms Loomer a "f***ing moron".

Other right-wing activists have tweeted in support of Ms Loomer with the hashtag #BoycottUber.