Ride Safe Madison founder Justin La Plante’s facebook profile was suspended from posting or communication through the social networking site today.
A recent post made by La Plante, (now removed by facebook) contained publicly available information regarding an Uber operations manager working in Queensland and an Uber lobbyists also working in eastern Australia.
Original content of post removed by facebook:
Queesnland! here are your power players with Uber:
Uber Queensland and Sydney representatives and influence.
Operations & Logistics Manager at Uber
This is THE regional operations manager for Queensland. He calls the shots and makes the dirty deals.
Out for Australia
Out for Australia is an organisation that seeks to support and mentor aspiring LGBTIQ professionals as they navigate their way through the early stages of their career.
Likley manipulating the LGBTIQ community of Australia for marketing with Uber.
This is a lobbying manager and likely has been taking several meetings with your elected political representatives.
Previously employed by Goldman Sachs. These people are leeches.
Both have worked in administration and councils with the University of queensland.
Uber seems to be hiring directly from the university of queensland.
Response Statement from La Plante:
Hello all,I’ve asked Sean Stultz to mirror this post for me. Thank you very much Sean for the assist.As we have seen in the past (VERY rarely), if a taxi company, news organization or lobbying effort ever had something false to claim about Uber, Uber has been all over it to use it as a means to damn their detractors and claim that taxi companies do nothing but lie and endanger the public.In my case, Uber tries their hardest to ignore the things I uncover as they can not deny them.Today something entirely different happened.I had been researching the recent lobbying efforts of Uber in eastern Australia.A general manager for Uber in Queensland by the name of Chad Hardy and lobbying representative by the name of Jessica Morton came up. I’ve found very little information on the special interest connections with these two individuals while trying very hard to navigate Australia’s current political map.One thing I did notice was Chad hardey’s involvement with ‘Out for Australia’ an Australian LBGTQ Rights group. As we have seen int he past Uber likes to manipulate community interests like these to co-opt their own agenda. This is the reason for the suggestion that Mr. Hardy may be manipulating Out for Australia for the Uber agenda. One would think that such a suggestion would have been a viable source to accuse defamation or slander if it was in fact false and leave it for all to see in order to retract what I was saying.Instead the posts were removed by Facebook after several take down requests were made.This may be from the automated system taking the post down from a certain volume of take down requests or a direct petition with live support having done the take down and suspension.Or it may simply be that the large amount of shares from the original post lead to a large amount of facebook uber shills reporting it. However if negative reports on my Uber content lead to such a thing, I would have been banned from facebook long ago. Even facebook maintains some level of respecting truth in journalism and free expression.In any case I am blocked from posting, communicating or doing anything but only seeing the content of facebook currently and for the next three days.There are several things that perplex me about Uber’s political relationships in Australia. It is far more secretive and less reported than anywhere else I’ve seen the company operate. The fact that Uber has gone this far in getting content removed and maintain silence indicates that I am on to something they do not want in the public eye.I know many of you are messaging. i can not respond, “like” post, reply or so much as friend request until the block is lifted in three days.Sincerely,Justin La Plante