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Uber DID NOT Announce UberWALK, Assistant Will NOT Hold Your Hand

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 08 Mar 2016 09:50:20 Z)

For the Facebook & WhatsApp junkie who really can't let go of their phone when going places there now is an innovative service from ride hailing company Uber. Named UberWALK, the service consists of an assistant you can request via Uber's app who will hold your hand when walking between places so you don't bump into things and you can concentrate on your phone, saving time.

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Of course the story is not true: it was published on March 6th by the satire section of First Post, a news website from India. More specifically, on their 'Faking News' section (you really can't miss it in the header).

When sharing the story on social media, the 'Faking news' part is prominently visible too:

After Bike, Uber announces UberWALK : Assistant holds your hand & walks till your destination!

Bengaluru: UberWalk will enable users to tap a button and get uber assistant who will help users walk to their destination by holding their hand. It's a great way to save time and users will be able to browse Facebook & text on WhatsApp freely during the walk.

So it is quite unlikely the tens of thousands of people who shared the news online all did it because of ignorance. They are probably enjoying the satire of it as much as we do, witness the #uberwalk hashtag on twitter:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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