Uber pauses app for a minute to honor lives lost in gun violence

In order to honor the precious lives lost in United States shootings, Uber changed its smartphone app to reflect on gun violence. On Friday midnight the company made rides unavailable for a minute.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016, 02:04 AM IST
Uber pauses app for a minute to honor lives lost in gun violence

New Delhi: In order to honor the precious lives lost in United States shootings, Uber changed its smartphone app to reflect on gun violence. On Friday midnight the company made rides unavailable for a minute.

A message displayed on the phone screen of riders when they opened the app that reads: “Our hearts go out to the victims of this week’s terrible gun violence. As a show of solidarity to all affected, you’ll see a peace sign in our app. As we move around our cities this weekend, let’s take a moment to think about what we can do to help.”

This deadly rampage happened earlier this week when two African-American men were shot dead by US police in the states of Minnesota and Louisiana. The matter again intensified when five policemen were killed in the Texan city of Dallas at a rally over the earlier killings.

In addition to the message, the American online transportation company also changed the icons of the Uber X cars to peace symbols.