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Uber Replaces Cars With Peace Symbol On App After 'This Week's Terrible Gun Violence'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Sat, 09 Jul 2016 06:49:49 Z)

People using Uber's app to call for a ride this weekend will see a peace symbol heading their way instead of a car. The ride share company has replaced the car symbol with a peace sign in the wake of "this week's terrible gun violence," according to a message you'll see when you open the smartphone app.

Uber also imposed a "moment of reflection" at midnight, blocking all ride requests for one minute.

"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."

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The app showed a swarm of peace symbols buzzing around Hollywood on a busy Friday night.

"At midnight, riders across the US will be unable to request a ride for one minute. We're sorry for the inconvenience. But we wanted to create a moment of reflection for the Uber community so that we can all think about what we ca do to help.

Uber will also be making donations to a number of social justice and anti-violence non-profits in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas."

About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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