Uber Riders now have to provide a selfie-photo proving they’re wearing a face mask before trip, extending a feature used by drivers.

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Portrait of driver wearing protective medical maskCredit: Getty

Uber said a mask verification feature will roll out in Canada and the US by the end of September. Uber announced Tuesday that passengers who have refused to wear face coverings will soon be required to take a “mask selfie” before they can even request a car. Drivers already have to take a selfie each morning.

Uber official statements:

“Earlier this year, we built innovative technology designed to verify that drivers on Uber and delivery people on Uber Eats are wearing a mask,” 

“We firmly believe that accountability is a two-way street. That’s why we’re expanding the same technology to riders, too,” the company said. “If a driver reports to us that a rider wasn’t wearing a mask, the rider will be required to take a selfie with their face covered before they’re able to take another trip with Uber.”

According to ABC News, Uber spokesman Sachin Kansal said; “If we find that riders or drivers have been in violation of the policy, we will first educate them, We will send them emails. We want to make sure that they actually understand what the policy is. But if we see repeat violation, then we can take further action, including taking them off the platform.”

“We want to continue to educate the users who may not be aware of this policy,” Kansal said. “They’re just coming back, let’s say, and using Uber after a long time.”

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/uber-riders-violate-face-covering-policy-mask-selfie/story?id=72736501

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