Uber Faces Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleging ‘Racially Biased’ Driver Ratings

Topline

Uber was accused in a lawsuit filed Monday of discriminating against non-white drivers of color through its driver ratings system, adding to scrutiny over how the ride-hailing giant’s technology may unintentionally discriminate. 

Key Facts

The class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges Uber violated federal civil rights law by firing drivers based on racially biased driver ratings from customers.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Thomas Liu, who alleges he was fired in 2015 after riders were hostile to him because of his race and gave him unfair ratings.

Liu says they canceled on him after seeing his photograph and asked where he was from in an unfriendly way. 

The complaint was originally filed in 2016 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but

Read More

Epic argues Apple has ‘no rights to the fruits’ of its labor in ‘Fortnite’ filing

Apple’s claims of theft in Epic’s lawsuit against the company over App Store rules have been argued against by the game developer once again, with a Friday filing putting forward the idea that Epic didn’t “steal” anything from Apple at all.

The latest filing in the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple over “Fortnite” and monetization in the App Store features more accusations by Epic that it is innocent of claims by Apple that it was failing to fulfill contractual commitments. Instead, Epic asserts that Apple’s theft claims are absurd when applied to purchases made through its own servers.

The lawsuit covers a number of topics, but largely boils down to whether Epic should be allowed to take payments related to the iOS game through its own payment mechanism, bypassing the App Store’s own transaction system that Apple mandates apps like “Fortnite” must use. Apple tossed

Read More

Epic says Apple ‘has no rights to the fruits of Epic’s labor’ in latest filing

Epic Games fired back against Apple yet again in a new court filing, saying the iPhone maker “has no rights to the fruits of Epic’s labor,” the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the two companies.



a close up of a light


© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge


A quick recap: Back in August, Epic introduced a new direct-payment system in its wildly popular Fortnite game to bypass Apple’s 30 percent fee. Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store for breaking its rules, and Epic responded with a civil lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Apple was violating antitrust law. Epic also revealed that Apple threatened to terminate the developer account used to support the company’s Unreal Engine platform, which would prevent Epic from developing future games for iOS or Mac.

Loading...

Load Error

Earlier this month, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted an injunction that prevents Apple from retaliating against Unreal Engine, but

Read More

Twitter botched its own moderation policies by banning a New York Post story and added fuel to the right’s baseless belief that Big Tech is waging a war against conservatives



a person wearing a blue hat: Activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside of Twitter headquarters on May 28, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


© Provided by Business Insider
Activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside of Twitter headquarters on May 28, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Twitter earlier this week banned an article published by the New York Post regarding the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
  • The report was based in part on files and emails that the Post said were taken from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
  • Twitter’s decision to ban a story published by a conservative-leaning publication without explanation seemed to affirm Republicans’ long-held theory that Big Tech is biased against the right.
  • The move undermined what Twitter has said is its mission to implement fair moderation policies and limit disinformation on its platform, especially ahead of one of the most important presidential elections in modern US history.
  • Visit Business Insider’s
Read More