Uber CEO Takes Back Comments on Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently stated on TV that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "a mistake.”

When asked about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during an interview with ‘Axios on HBO’, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said: “People make mistakes, it doesn’t mean they can never be forgiven.”

He later backtracked and admitted his comments were wrong. In the interview the ride hailing app CEO was being pressed on whether a representative from Saudi Arabia should remain on Uber’s board. According to the BBC, he then stated: “I think that government said that they made a mistake… It’s a serious mistake, we’ve made mistakes too, right, with self-driving and we stopped driving and we’re recovering from that mistake.”

He was of course referring to the time in 2018 when one of his company’s self-driving cars failed to identify a pedestrian and accidentally killed a woman.

Following the interview with Axios, Dara has since stated: “I said something in the moment that I do not believe…When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused.”

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