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Powerful friends of the Silicon Valley giant, including the French President, might be going down as a result of the latest controversy surrounding the ride-sharing app.
A massive data leak that was shared with over 40 international news organizations, including The Washington Post, reveals a lot of less-than-legal abuses, such as exploiting violence against drivers, and secretly lobbying governments.
The company's 5-year period in which it was looking for aggressive worldwide expansion was the source of the leaked internal documents.
The global taxi community was upset by the rapid growth of the company. In France, drivers faced physical harm and damage to their cars during some of the protests.
According to the leak, the violence was thought to bolster the interests of the company.
Kalanick sent a message to executives saying that he thought it was worth it. Success is guaranteed by violence.
The economy minister of France was on the side of the ride-sharing company. According to the leak, he made a secret deal with the organization despite national outrage and citizen danger, and was one of the company's many alleged European co-conspirators.
In Kalanick's case, the spokesman for the company denied the claims, but most signs suggest that the leak is real. The files show that company leaders were aware of wrongdoing.
The Files said we were "just f****** illegal".
There is a lot of bad behavior outlined in the Files. Nothing was off limits for figures like top Obama aides. Is it possible that an unsuccessful attempt was made to cozy up to the Russians? Isn't that why not? Is it possible to undermine the livelihood of South African drivers? It's definitely true!
When confronted with government concerns over growing unrest, a bigwig in Asia wrote that it was a normal part of their business. It's time to get rid of the chaos. It means you're making a difference.
It has been revealed that Uber broke laws, tricked police and secretly Lobbyed governments.
The company was criticized for charging surge pricing for riders who narrowly escaped a mass shooting.