Uber Bans Driver For Live Streaming Passengers on Twitch

Uber Bans Driver For Live Streaming Passengers on Twitch

Uber Bans Driver For Live Streaming Passengers on Twitch

Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft have both suspended a driver's accounts after learning he livestreamed videos of his passengers without their consent.

The 32-year-old ride-hailing driver built a following on the live-streaming video platform by taking advantage of Missouri's one-party consent laws, which means his broadcasts are actually legal.

But some riders said they felt their privacy had been violated.

At several points in the dozens of hours of archived footage, passengers noticed the camera and asked Gargac why he's recording them.

Uber said that it has suspended a driver after it was revealed he filmed hundreds of his passengers and live-streamed the videos to the internet.

Jason Gargac had an audience of thousands and said he tried to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers".

"We got in an Uber at 2am to be safe, and then I find out that because of that, everything I said in that auto is online and people are watching me". Missouri law only requires one party to know about a recording - and allows recording where persons would have no reasonable expectations of privacy. "It makes me sick", one female passenger told the Post-Dispatch.

Gargac claimed that the primary objective of the recordings was for security, but also contradicted himself, saying that he started driving for the services in order to create the livestream, according to the Post-Dispatch. But Twitch's community guidelines expressly prohibit content that violates a person's privacy.

Videos that had been archived to Gargac's Twitch page were no longer on the website Saturday night.

Uber said in a statement to The Washington Post Monday, "The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines".

Almost all of the driver's 700 rides in the St. Louis area were recorded online, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Apparently, she would help him moderate any Twitch comments that were overtly homophobic and racist, and yet, having users rate women from 1-10 was somehow okay?! People were sometimes named in the videos, while homes were also shown. It only takes the knowledge and consent of one participant in a conversation for its recording to be legal in the midwestern state.

"When these laws were drafted and enacted, I don't think any of these states could have envisioned what we have in this case, where you have livestreaming video", he said. "I didn't like it", he said.

But, Lidsky said she thinks the passengers are entitled to a certain amount of privacy.

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