Thursday, January 19, 2017

Uber To Pay $20M For Recruiting Drivers Using Exaggerated Earnings Claims

I think the Federal Trade Commission is being pretty nice by calling this "exaggerating." Claiming drivers in New York have an annual median income of $90k versus the actual salary of $60k is exaggerating? Damn, I'd hate to see what qualifies as a lie.
The FTC alleges that Uber claimed on its website that uberX drivers’ annual median income was more than $90,000 in New York and over $74,000 in San Francisco. The FTC alleges, however, that drivers’ annual median income was actually $61,000 in New York and $53,000 in San Francisco.  In all, less than 10 percent of all drivers in those cities earned the yearly income Uber touted. The FTC also alleges that Uber made high hourly earnings claims in job listings, including on Craigslist, but that the typical Uber driver failed to earn those advertised hourly amounts in various cities.