Uber hits back at rape reporting

Uber hits back at rape reporting

Uber hit back against a news story alleging that scores of passengers had filed rape complaints, releasing data showing only a small fraction of the alleged number of sex assault reports.

In a blog post, the global ridesharing giant said its analysis showed a “legitimate claim of sexual assault” in 170 cases between December 2012 and August 2015.

The number of alleged rapes in the report was five, amounting to one in every 3.3 million trips or a ratio of 0.0000009% of rides, Uber said.

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Uber’s safety team released the figures after a BuzzFeed report based on an analysis of screenshots said internal reports showed “sexual assault” in 6 160 cases and “rape” cited in 5 827 incidents.

Uber said the BuzzFeed figures were “highly misleading” because riders “routinely misspell ‘rate’ as “rape” or use the word in another context such as “you raped my wallet”. Read more


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