Lyft, for the first time since its launch, has surpassed its arch-rival Uber as the most downloaded app of the two.
According to the Apple App Store, and first reported by Techcrunch, Lyft is currently number 6 in the list of the most popular free apps while Uber is No. 13. That contrasts with the rankings on Saturday, when Lyft was in 39th place.
The sudden jump by Lyft in such a short time is almost certainly due to the online campaign #DeleteUber that began after Uber was seen as taking advantage of a taxi drivers strike on Saturday to get more clients.
That allegation came about when Uber announced normal prices to and from the airports, instead of the ‘surge pricing’ typically implemented on busy occasions – such as New Year’s eve – or to locations where demand is high, as it was at airports after the strike began.
The strike was to protest actions by the White House to ban US entry for 90 days to citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.
However, former Uber users also claim to have removed the app in protest of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick’s involvement in an economic committee set up by President Donald Trump.
Another possible answer for Lyft’s surprising popularity was the company’s statement that it would donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).