Casey Newton, reporting for The Verge:
But one Uber contractor The Verge spoke with said Lyft’s complaint
had merit. “What’s simply untrue is that not only does Uber know
about this, they’re actively encouraging these actions day-to-day
and, in doing so, are flat-out lying both to their customers, the
media, and their investors,” the contractor said. Until now, the
canceled Lyft rides have been understood as a kind of prank call
designed to keep competitors’ drivers off the road. But interviews
and internal documents suggest another reason: Uber’s recruitment
program has vastly increased in size and sophistication, and
recruiters cancel rides in part to avoid detection by Lyft.
Great service, dirtbag tactics.
(And kudos to The Verge for the excellent investigative reporting.)
★ Tuesday, 26 August 2014