Uber’s secret connection to top politicians revealed via leaked documents
Uber Technologies Inc. is in the hot seat after it was revealed that some high profile politicians had secretly aided it in unfair ways. The company’s secret relationship with some lawmakers was uncovered after leaked documents surfaced.
According to BBC News, it was a massive leak that leaked details of how some high-profile politicians helped Uber in a number of ways, including evading investigations for possible breaches. Based on information gathered from the leaked documents, Emmanuel Macron, the current President of France, had at least four meetings with Travis Kalanick, former CEO of the US mobility service provider.
There were thousands of records, and they revealed how Uber engaged in lobbying and courting politicians to help the company. He also revealed how far the company has gone to circumvent justice.
Additionally, the documents revealed many shocking revelations, including how Macron and former EU commissioner Neelie Kores helped Uber. Kalanick’s use of the “kill switch” was also discovered, and this order is activated to prevent the police from raiding his office and gaining access to the computers.
Based on the reports, there were 124,000 files, of which 83,000 were emails and 1,000 were chat files recorded between 2013 and 2017. These were believed to have first been leaked to Guardian media and shared with the International Consortium. investigative journalists and several media organizations such as BBC Panorama.
The files revealed how a $90million-a-year lobbying and public relations effort courted friendly politicians for support for its campaign to upend the taxi industry in Europe. This was also done so that she could expand her business unhindered.
For the details uncovered, Uber said its past behavior was inconsistent with its current values. He added that the business is very different today than it was yesterday.
Finally, Fox Business mentioned that Kalanick was eventually ousted by Ubers shareholders in 2017, and since then he has tried to change his ways by distancing himself from his old ways of working. Dara Khosrowshahi replaced Kalanick as CEO and has since been tasked with changing every point of the company’s operation.