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Uber driver suspended after secretly livestreaming hundreds of passengers

Uber driver suspended after secretly livestreaming hundreds of passengers

He reportedly filmed customers including children, college students, and a few public figures.

He also drove for Lyft, which terminated its partnership with the driver.

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have suspended a driver who recorded hundreds of St. Louis-area passengers without their permission and live-streamed the video.

Almost all of the driver's 700 rides in the St. Louis area were recorded online, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Though Gargac's Twitch channel is down, you can see one of his past live streams below.

Alexandra LaManna, a spokesperson for Lyft, said, "The safety and comfort of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we have deactivated this driver". His Twitch channel is no longer hosting any videos and has been suspended.

Uber, Lyft, and Twitch did not respond immediately to Business Insider's request for comment. "The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines", Uber explained in a statement.

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Uber has been under intense scrutiny over incidents of misbehaviour by drivers.

Private conversations and other intimate interactions were also captured and shared instantly allowing Twitch users to comment on these moments in real-time. Before his channel was taken down, Gargac had 4,500 followers and around 100 subscribers, who paid $US5 a month to watch his uploads. Last month the company installed panic buttons in its vehicles in the USA so passengers could call the police after reports that more than 100 drivers had been accused of sexual misconduct.

Gargac told the newspaper that he sought out passengers who might make entertaining content, part of capturing and sharing the everyday reactions that earned him a small but growing following online.

Mr Gargac told the newspaper he had made changes to offer passengers more privacy, including switching off the street-facing camera when approaching passengers' homes. Some of the thousands of conversations Gargac recorded revealed passengers' full names and where they lived, according to the Post Dispatch. Missouri law allows people to record others without their consent.

They say they are going to a bar across town, and one of the women tells Gargac she has a crush on a friend she's going to meet.

"It's a fact-by-fact case", Pate said, "and I don't think there have been any court decisions to deal with this particular issue". "It was fake. It felt produced". He added: "I love doing it".