St Louis Uber driver live-streamed hundreds of passengers

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St. Louis-based Uber driver Jason Gargac has been suspended by the company after he revealed in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he had secretly live-streamed his passengers' journeys to his Twitch channel.

The driver, 32-year-old Jason Gargac, streamed his videos on Twitch under the username "JustSmurf", according to the Post-Dispatch, but his channel no longer contains videos.

He said the streams were "secondary" but added "I try to capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers - what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is".

But some riders said they felt their privacy had been violated.

Many viewers of Mr Gargac's videos left derogatory comments on the videos, rating passengers for their attractiveness.

While Missouri law allows a person to film another without their consent-so Gargac was not breaking the law-Uber has nonetheless made a decision to suspend him from their app, calling the revelations "troubling", reports Business Insider.

Uber, Lyft, and Twitch did not respond immediately to Business Insider's request for comment.

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Gargac's Twitch videos could not be viewed Sunday. "Recording passengers without their consent is illegal in some states, but not Missouri".

"The safety and comfort of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we have deactivated this driver", a Lyft statement said.

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

'The driver's access to the app has been removed while we evaluate his partnership with Uber'. "This better be (expletive) content, that's all I'm saying", Gargac said as two women approached his truck, after going half-an-hour without a customer.

"I've had a few offline conversations with some folks, and they suggested getting rid of the stored vods as step #1 of trying to calm everyone down", he said, referring to on-demand videos on Twitch. I.have nothing more to add here. A Twitch spokesman said the company's terms of service and guidelines "do not allow people to share content that invades others' privacy" and that any reported videos would be removed. According to the Post-Dispatch, Gargac displayed a small sticker on the back passenger window informing passengers that his auto was "equipped with audio and visual recording devices" for security purposes.

There are a handful of other Twitch steamers who record their Uber and Lyft trips, but majority tell their passengers that they are on camera, which is better than nothing.

Before it disappeared, Gargac's channel had about 4,500 followers and about 100 subscribers who paid $5 a month to support his broadcasts.

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