So, everyone has probably heard of the current golden child of the tech industry, Uber. Though as of late, it's been less for their service, and for the various ethical missteps they've been making.
Like a senior executive stating that a reasonable response to critical press was to dox the journalists involved....there's no way that they would be that stupid.You would be surprised
This is actually a bit frightening, when you think about it - you have a top executive publicly stating that the acceptable response to critical press is to drag the journalists (and their families) through the mud. Of course, this is only the latest piece of Uber's cavalier attitude towards privacy - prior to this, there was the rider who found that he was having his location monitored in real time as a party favor
.That's...creepy. But those people were pretty high profile - this sort of thing wouldn't affect me.
Oh, they have policies that will. The CEO has been dismissive of claims that Uber drivers have attacked and mistreated customers
. There's also the fact that the service's background check process is questionable
(not like that stops them from charging an additional fee for it
). Oh, and if a driver does misbehave, well...Uber is more than happy to note that they only contract with the driver, so they have no liability, such as the case where an Uber driver ran over a 6 year old girl.
Not that things are better on the other side of the wheel.What do you mean?
They don't treat their drivers all that great, either. For example, they are now their high end Black drivers to take lower tier runs
. And when drivers talk up about their poor treatment, Uber is happy to impersonate drivers to perform damage control
. Not to mention things like the "hot chick" campaign in Lyon
.They're also engaged in some really sleazy campaigns to kneecap the competition
.They sound out of control.
They are, most likely due to being the golden child of Silicon Valley at the moment. But as this Slate piece points out
, these actions could drive away both the drivers and riders the company needs.