Uber driver streamed hidden camera videos on Twitch

Uber driver streamed hidden camera videos on Twitch

If passengers did notice the little camera mounted on the windshield of Gargac's vehicle, the newspaper reported, he told them it was for his security.

Children, intoxicated college students and public figures, including Jerry Cantrell, lead guitarist with the band Alice in Chains, have been among the unwitting passengers, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Gargac told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was forced to create on-screen graphics to prevent his viewers from selectively clipping or editing out short clips.

Jason Gargac live-streamed passengers' journeys on video-sharing site Twitch, where viewers would comment on their behaviour and appearance.

"Uber and Lyft could easily enact a policy, so could legislation, where you could say, although you're in a one-party consent state. that you should not be able to disseminate to anyone except by subpoena", Klieman said. The Twitch videos have subsequently been removed and Gargac's tweets are protected.

The ride-hailing companies disclaim liability for drivers actions in their terms of service, and riders waive their rights to sue when using the services, Stewart said.

St Louis Uber driver live-streamed hundreds of passengers

"The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines", a company statement said. "The driver's access to the app has been removed while we evaluate his partnership with Uber".

Mr Gargac worked as a part-time Uber and Lyft driver in the St Louis area of Missouri, USA.

Twitch did not comment to the newspaper on the case. Gargac's Twitch account, "JustSmurf", was pulled from the website this weekend. The almost 700 rides he gave were fodder for watchers making jokes about the drunk passengers and crudely evaluating women's bodies. People were sometimes named in the videos, the Post-Dispatch said, while homes were also shown.

Gargac said he's trying to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers", and he films for security purposes, as well.

The newspaper reviewed hours of Gargac's footage.

Dr. Daxton "Chip" Stewart, a journalism professor at Texas Christian University and author of "Social Media and the Law", told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast that Missouri is a "one-party consent" state, meaning only one of the parties to a conversation needs to be aware it's being recorded, even if it's on video. "I didn't like it", he said. "It was fake. It felt produced", the driver said. I.have nothing more to add here.


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