People are boycotting Uber again after CEO comments
The comment came during an interview with Khosrowshahi on Axios on HBO. By Monday morning, #BoycottUber was trending on Twitter.
The ride-share company has two significant ties to Saudi Arabia. The Mideast country is Uber’s fifth-largest shareholder and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, managing director of the country’s Public Investment Fund, sits on San Francisco-based business’s board.
“We’ve made mistakes too, right, with self-driving,” Khosrowshahi continued during the interview. “So I think that people make mistakes. It doesn’t mean that they can never be forgiven.”
Social media lit up with comments about what many viewed as a tone-deaf stance.
About an hour after the interview, the Uber CEO reached out to Axios to edit what he’d said, according to a tweet by Dan Primack, the Axios business editor who conducted the interview. That was later followed up with a written statement.
There’s no forgiving or forgetting what happened to Jamal Khashoggi & I was wrong to call it a “mistake.” As I told @danprimack after our interview, I said something in the moment I don’t believe. Our investors have long known my views here & I’m sorry I wasn’t as clear on Axios https://t.co/RxapzktrXq
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) November 11, 2019