Following accusations from ride-sharing app Lyft that Uber employees have called and cancelled more than 5,000 rides, Uber has responded with the claim that Lyft has been employing the same dirty tactics on an even larger scale. (RELATED: Lyft Accuses Uber Of Interfering With Drivers)
In a new statement, Uber denied Lyft’s claims while accusing Lyft employees of ordering and then cancelling 12,900 rides from Uber drivers, The Next Web reports. Uber also suggested that there may be a connection to pressure from Lyft’s investors for Uber to acquire Lyft.
“One of [Lyft’s] largest shareholders recently warned that Lyft would ‘go nuclear’ if we do not acquire them. We can only assume that the recent Lyft attacks are part of that strategy,” the statement said.
Lyft responded shortly after, denying Uber’s accusations and noting the satisfaction of its investors.
“Once again Uber is deceiving the public, now with false allegations and an attempt to deflect from their illegal cancel campaign. Lyft has more than 100 investors, all of whom are extremely excited that Lyft is approaching IPO-level revenue,” Lyft’s statement said.
The two companies have had a history of vicious competition. TechCrunch notes that the latest conflict has come just after the two released similar carpooling services.