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Lyft, Uber in the driver’s seat in fight against Texas anti-abortion laws



Those working for rideshare companies across Texas and surrounds are now protected under new driver defense fund.

Lyft, Uber fighting back against anti-abortion laws

Rideshare companies are set to cover legal costs for drivers who are sued under a controversial Texas anti-abortion law.

Lyft and Uber announced they’ll take responsibility for any form of punishment drivers encounter under a new rule which threatens drivers for taking passengers where they need to go.

The rule specifically focuses on those driving female passengers to medical clinics for pregnancy-termination purposes.

Both transportation services believe passengers are entitled to not disclosing their reasons for travel, especially those exercising their right to choose and access the healthcare they need.

A passenger’s destination is not a driver’s responsibility

Lyft also says a passenger’s reason for travel is not a driver’s responsibility.

“Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride,” Lyft co-founders Logan and John say.

“[Also] imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a healthcare appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel on you for fear of breaking the law.”

In response to the mandate, Lyft has created a Driver Legal Defense Fund to cover 100 percent of legal fees sued under the SB8 rule.

Additionally, Lyft is donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood to help ensure that transportation is never a barrier to healthcare access.

Butting heads with Texas

Texas’ new law, signed this week, prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy

The law also empowers private citizens across the country to sue anyone for aiding abortions past that six-week mark, that includes medical clinics and those who drive women to them.

The announcements from Uber and Lyft come after Bumble and Tinder announced the creation of a relief fund for women seeking abortions.

Written by Rebecca Borg


Is Netflix going bankrupt?



2022 hasn’t been good for the streaming giant, In April alone the company said that they lost subscribers for the first time in ten years

And on top of that, it’s stock price has plummeted more than 60% so far this year.

Some have speculated that these are indications that Netflix is going down, and going down fast.

But they’re probably wrong, because Netflix is simply transforming into what CNN Business has referred to as a ‘traditional media company’.

What does that entail?

Like many technology companies, Netflix relied on subscribers and that was based on producing plus streaming movies and tv shows-on the platform in return for a fee.

It was only in 2019 when Netflix was ranked as America’s fastest growing brand, and many conventional media companies like Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. amongst others started imitating the Netflix model.

But now it seems, Netflix will imitate them. And that means it will start having advertisements.

And the streaming platform has already changed the way it’s releasing new shows.

Instead of what we’re used to, which was a release of the entire series – to a more gradual release.   

And the streaming company also says that it will crackdown on password sharing.

Netflix has always been regarded as a tech company, but now it’s transitioning to a media company.

It’s not in trouble, It’s simply transforming to a more traditional business model.

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Meta faces a probe into triggering poor mental health



Meta is facing a string of lawsuits that relate to the mental health of young people

The legal disputes blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens.

It comes after whistle-blower Frances Haugen exposed internal documents about how Instagram impacts body image and mental health.

The leaks allegedly show Meta is aware that its products hurt children but the company chose to put its growth and profits ahead of user’s safety.

Meta has not responded to these latest legal blows.

Of course, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.

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Musk creating hybrid of Uber and Airbnb



Musk is predicting the company’s robotaxi will be like a combined version of Uber and Airbnb

Unlike Uber though, Musk says the system is not being designed with a launch city in mind, the way competitors have approached the concept.

Are we better off without Uber and taxi drivers?

Musk said Tesla owners will have the choice of using it themselves or adding their cars to the robotaxi fleet to earn money when they do not need them.

The tech billionaire mentioned that regulatory hurdles will limit where it can be deployed.

He estimates that a typical vehicle added to the system will see its usage jump from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week and become a revenue generator for the owner of the Tesla.

The idea is that when your car is parked, it then joins the fleet and takes off on its own with no driver.

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