In a new development, Uber has announced that investigation against general manager of Uber New York Josh Mohrer for tracking Buzzfeed journalist Johana Bhuiyan is over and ‘disciplinary action’ has been taken. The communications team has, however, failed to elaborate more on the ‘disciplinary action’ and currently, Muhrer still holds his executive position in the company, which is also in line with a recent Bloomberg report. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
Mohrer made headlines when Bhuiyan reported that she was being tracked by the general manager of Uber New York on multiple occasions.This news was reported when, another Uber executive Emil spoke offhandedly at a dinner party of indulging in a smear campaign against journalists who malign Uber’s image. He even envisioned to invest $1 million into investigating into the lives of journalists. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
When Slate.com (who broke this story) asked for specifics of the ‘disciplinary action’ from an Uber spokeswomen, she declined to comment. Mohrer has been implicated to be involved in several controversies one which includes Uber employees ordering and then cancelling rides from its competitors, in order to sway their business. He was once caught rashly tweeting at a woman for complaining about Uber on the social media site.
Uber has been on a damage control mode ever since the journalist tracking controversy broke out. They even recruited Harriet Pearson, a partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, to work with its privacy team and review its practices. According to a statement released by the company on Friday, the Hogan Lovells review is ‘already underway’ and will evaluate ‘our privacy policies and practices, including employee training and compliance.’