Lyft, Uber suspend driver for live streaming passengers

Lyft, Uber suspend driver for live streaming passengers

Jason Gargac, 32, of Florissant, Missouri, has given about 700 rides since March and most have been streamed to his channel on the live video website Twitch, where he goes by the username "JustSmurf", the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"I really have this issue of telling Uber drivers my whole life story", she says.

Uber allows drivers to use video cameras to record passengers for safety purposes. He has also inadvertently revealed the full names of his riders and their homes and neighbourhood on the streaming platform.

Gargac isn't the first Uber driver to create online videos featuring his ride-hailing passengers.

"The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines", a company statement said. "The safety and comfort of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we have deactivated this driver", Lyft spokesperson Alexandra LaManna said.

The driver tweeted stating that he had taken down videos from his Twitch to help "calm everyone down".

St Louis Uber driver live-streamed hundreds of passengers

"I feel violated. I'm embarrassed", said one passenger, who asked not to be identified. But their behavior changed with some even acting out for the camera, he told the Post-Dispatch.

An Uber driver has been suspended after it emerged that he had been broadcasting his passengers' conversations live without their consent. "It was fake. It felt produced", the driver said. Missouri is among the states that require only one party to consent to recordings.

"I think it's a larger question about privacy and technology for society, what we do when the norms around a particular technology are violated", Rosenblat said.

Jason Gargac had an audience of thousands and said he tried to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers". Before his channel was taken down, Gargac had 4,500 followers and around 100 subscribers, who paid $5 a month to watch his uploads.

"It's a totally different story to have a ride-share driver record passengers conservations and passenger actions for the objective of boosting their brand, or entertaining followers, or embarrassing individuals who get in the vehicle".

Twitch did not comment on this specific case but, according to ABC News America, said it does not allow people to share content that invades others privicay.

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