Uber CEO to leave Trump's advisory council in wake of criticism

UPDATE: According to a report from the New York Times , more than 200,000 users deleted their Uber accounts in the wake of the #DeleteUber movement. The hashtag trended on social media following a tweet from Uber saying surge pricing would be turned off to and from the JFK International airport in New York, despite a call from the NY Taxi Workers Alliance to boycott President Trump's immigration order by stopping pickups at the airport. At the same time, rival ridesharing app service Lyft surged into the top 10 app downloads on Apple's App Store.

After criticism from both employees and the public at large, the New York Times reports that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is set to leave President Donald Trump's economic advisory council. The news was revealed in an email Kalanick sent to employees.

According to the Times, Kalanick told employees that "Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that." The CEO was criticized after saying he would continue to work with the president, even after the latter's executive order banning refugees and others from several Muslim nations. The ban affects a sizable number of Uber employees. It's not clear when Kalanick will officially leave the council, but the email says that he has already spoken with the president about the issue.

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