Uber and Lyft drop driver for livestreaming passengers on Twitch

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Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have cut ties with a driver who recorded hundreds of St. Louis-area passengers without their permission and livestreamed the video.

Gargac streamed more than 700 of his rides, including children, college students, and public figures, including local TV news reporter Jerry Cantrell.

Regardless of the legal connotations, both Uber and Lyft have now suspended Gargac from operating as a driver. He streamed the rides through a live video website called Twitch, which is popular for live-streams of video gaming.

Both ride-share companies originally told the Post-Dispatch that Gargac's behavior was legal because Missouri law states that only one party needs to consent to the recording of a conversation.

"The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines", Uber said, in a statement.

The 32-year-old super-voyeur Jason Gargac fully took the grossest advantage of Missouri's one-party consent laws, which allows one party to record a conversation without the other person's consent. The Twitch videos have subsequently been removed and Gargac's tweets are protected.

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Gargac defended his actions to the Post-Dispatch, saying other Twitch users did the same thing, though their notifying the passengers of the recording made the feeds less entertaining.

Several passengers complained to Uber after learning about Gargac's livestream, they told the Post-Dispatch. "The driver's access to the app has been removed while we evaluate his partnership with Uber", it added.

But the paper notes Gargac appeared to contradict that statement in an interview, saying he started driving for Uber and Lyft with the objective of hosting the livestream.

While Gargac has been observed to befriend his passengers with comical interactions, his viewers have been less pleasant. People were sometimes named in the videos, the Post-Dispatch said, while homes were also shown.

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.

"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". "I've done that", he added, "for now".