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Uber Apologizes For Controversial Transportation Strike Tweet

Were they undermining the strike or offering a solution?
by Andrei Medina | Feb 28, 2017
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Uber Philippines is back in the hot seat for a tweet where they offered promotional rides to their users affected by the recent transportation strike.

The ride-sharing app initially made the offer on Twitter over the weekend with a promo code that allows users to get free trips worth P500 each valid on February 27, the same day as the strike.

But this didn’t sit well with some netizens who slammed Uber for supposedly trying to soften the impact of the jeepney strike that was estimated to cripple Metro Manila’s commuting public.

If you weren’t aware, yesterday’s jeepney strike was in protest of the Duterte administration’s plan to phase out jeeps that are 15 years and older with public safety in mind. The move is estimated to affect the livelihood of around 650,000 drivers.

But some people also sided with Uber saying that the company was actually providing a solution for the thousands who would experience difficulties commuting during the strike.

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Uber for their part deleted their first tweet and quickly issued an apology.

This wasn’t the first time Uber—an international company running their ride-sharing business in several countries—was criticized for their promos.

Last January, Uber users in the US started deleting the app after the company was deemed to be insensitive for offering services at the JFK airport while a taxi strike protesting President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” was being held there.


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