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Journalist Targeted By Uber Increases Security, Senator Franken Demands Answers From Uber CEO

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The journalist cited by an Uber executive as being a target for a possible smear campaign has increased security for herself and her family. Pando Daily Editor-In-Chief Sarah Lacy told Bloomberg TV that she was taking steps to protect herself and her family after she learned that Uber executive Emil Michael had said he wanted to spend a million dollars to damage journalists who were critical of the company and noted Lacy would be a primary target. Lacy has written a number of critical articles of Uber which have angered the company.

The attention being paid to Uber’s plan to go after journalists has now risen to the level of the US Congress as Senator Al Franken wrote a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick demanding to know more about the plan. Franken also wanted to know more details about the so-called “God’s View” tool that allowed an Uber executive to access private travel and location data of a reporter.

Meanwhile Uber’s investors have pushed back mostly by claiming the plan was not serious. But one Uber investor, famed actor Ashton Kutcher, went so far as to question why it was unethical for Uber to investigate a “shady” reporter. Kutcher later walked back the statement.

Uber CEO Kalanick said he brought David Plouffe on to help Uber wage a “political campaign” to combat the criticism the company is facing due to its labor practices and a hyper-aggressive culture. Looks like Plouffe has his work cut out for him.

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