#DeleteUber: Company takes small hit after Trump controversy

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Ride-sharing company Uber has taken a small hit after a controversy surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration order, but it really didn’t change most people’s opinions.

After the Trump administration has attempted to impose a temporary travel ban on seven countries that have a majority of Muslim citizens, #DeleteUber started to trend on Twitter. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been chastised for agreeing to sit on an advisory panel for the President, and has since then said he will not serve on the panel.

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According to Morning Consult Brand Intelligence polling, about 51 percent of adults had a favorable opinion of Uber between Jan. 21 to Jan. 27. After Trump's immigration order was announced, about 46 percent of adults said they had a favorable opinion.

Lyft’s favorable opinion only raised about 1 percent after the immigration order, after the company announced it would donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union. About 47 percent of people aged 18 to 29 said they view Lyft more favorably after taking a stand.

Kalanick responded by publishing a series of posts about Uber’s values, and said the company employed drivers impacted by “President Trump’s unjust immigration ban.”

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"Drivers who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen and live in the US but have left the country, will not be able to return for 90 days," Kalanick wrote in a post on Sunday. "This means they won't be able to earn money and support their families during this period."

Uber and Lyft aren’t the only companies to respond to the immigration order. Starbucks announced it would hire 10,000 refugees, and Goldman Sachs leaders wrote they were not in favor of the ban.

Read an update on where the travel ban currently stands.

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