Uber protests legal battle in Taiwan, as government ponders app removal

Taiwan plans to ask Apple and Google to remove the ride sharing app from the nation’s app stores in an attempt to curb the company’s influence on the island, Reuters reports, the latest development in Uber’s continuing legal troubles around the world.

In Taiwan, Uber operates as an internet-based technology platform rather than a transportation company. The Taiwanese government argues that this is a misrepresentation of the company, and has ordered it to pay back taxes.

“Uber has not done what it says it will do, so we are looking at another way by requesting its apps be removed from Apple and Google (app stores),” Liang Guo-guo, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Directorate General of Highways, told Reuters.