FACT CHECK: Did Uber Add A ‘Walking Buddy’ Option To Their App?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims Uber has added a “walking buddy” option to their app.

Verdict: False

This post is inaccurate. Uber has not added this option to their app.

Fact Check:

Uber lost a case in New Zealand Oct. 25 after an employment court ruled the company’s drivers as employees rather than contractors, according to TechCrunch. The ride-sharing company is banking on stability following years of losses, The Guardian reported.

The post appears to feature a screenshot of the app showing an option for a walking buddy, with a price at a discounted $7.50 compared to other options costing over $30. “Uber CEO: How do we turn a profit? Intern: Imagine Uber but no car…” the post caption reads.

The photo is digitally fabricated. There are no credible news reports that suggest this is true. There have been no announcements from Uber’s website or social media accounts that suggest this image is authentic. (RELATED: Is Monkeypox Only Spreading In Countries Where The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Has Been Distributed?)

The circulation of the claim dates back to at least 2020, when the photo went viral. The reaction of Twitter made headlines after it garnered a humorous response from Uber’s Twitter account.

NBC News New York reported on the story, saying Uber poked fun at the idea of adding this feature to their app. The report clarified that the image was a fake, saying, “No, the ‘Walking Buddy’ option does not exist – both Uber and the owner of the viral tweet confirmed in a statement that the screenshot is a hoax.”

Check Your Fact has reached out to Uber for a comment on the now-resurfaced posts. We will update this piece if a response is received.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter

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