Fact Check: Uber Does NOT Have A 'Walking Buddy' Service

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Uber Does NOT Have A 'Walking Buddy' Service Not A Service

Did Uber add a "walking buddy" option to its usual ridesharing services? No, that's not true: An Uber spokesperson denied that claim in an email to Lead Stories.

The claim appeared in a tweet on October 19, 2022 (archived here), that opened:

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This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Mon Oct 24 16:34:58 2022 UTC)

The tweet contains a screenshot from the Uber app. The first two options are UberX and Pool, standard for the app; a new third addition is labeled "Walking Buddy."

Conor Ferguson, an Uber spokesperson, wrote to Lead Stories in an October 24, 2022, email saying that this was untrue:

This claim is false.

A similar claim regarding Uber and a "walking buddy" appeared in 2020, and Uber also then said the claim was false.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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