Topkin wrote about Franklin’s side job last October for the Times. Franklin said, “I wanted something to do on the weekends because I never really do anything.”
Many people in the U.S. deleted the Uber app from their phones recently because the ride-sharing company undermined taxi drivers while people demonstrated in New York in late January against President Trump’s executive order concerning immigration. People felt that lifting surge pricing at JFK International Airport, the site of the protests, was taking advantage of those protesting from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. The #DeleteUber hashtag even trended on Twitter. Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, had been a corporate advisor in Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, but resigned on February 2 in response to criticism.