Uber and Lyft accuse each other of dirty tricks

Uber and Lyft accuse each other of dirty tricks

Uber and Lyft - two rival taxi apps in the embryonic market for on-demand transportation - are apparently involved in a bitter scuffle; with each of the two claiming that the other is trying to sabotage its business.

On Monday, Lyft accused Uber of slowing its service and causing lost fares. Lyft said that, since October 2013, nearly 180 Uber employees had ordered thousands of Lyft rides and cancelled them.

Against the backdrop of the allegations, a Lyft spokeswoman said that the use of the 'order and cancel' tactics by the Uber employees has been unfortunate for "affected community members."

Countering Lyft's allegations, Uber said in a Tuesday statement that Lyft was also using similar dirty tricks, of ordering rides and then cancelling them, to hamper Uber's business. Calling the accusations leveled by Lyft as "patently false," Uber said that Lyft's drivers and employees - including one of the Lyft founders - have ordered and then cancelled almost 13,000 trips on Uber.

Asserting that "a number of Lyft investors have recently been pushing Uber to acquire Lyft," an Uber spokeswoman said: "One of their 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."

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