Uber Will Drive You To The Polls For Free On Election Day, an article shared on Facebook some 195,000 times from the media site Thrillist claimed.
While it was somewhat correct at the published date (10/5), the headline is no longer accurate.
On October 4, Uber announced a partnership “with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide free rides to the polls.” But this free-ride offer did not last long. Uber posted an update to the offer on the 24th, announcing that after these promo codes were sent to over 15,000 folks, the company would now offer “$10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day on the most affordable Uber option available in your city (Express POOL, POOL, or UberX, in that order).”
(Noting, too, that “this promotional offer is not available for rides from polling locations and is not available at all in Utah, Michigan, Puerto Rico, or other US territories.”)
One of the many problems with posts on social media is that they can appear on one’s timeline at any given point. Thus, what was accurate or relevant information in the past can become misinformation later on. Thrillist's Facebook post, for example, has been shared more than 14,000 times, as recently as a day and a half ago. Refinery29, which operates another major Facebook page (nearly 5.8 followers), was among the sharers—and users have shared its post even more recently. (Thrillist's post is still weaving its way through the Scottish countryside, in other words.)
While TWS Fact Check does not fault publishers for this sort of mishap, an update would be helpful; especially in the case of service journalism, which relies on up-to-date information.
In summary: Most can get 10 bucks off their Uber fare on the way to the polls. Full price on the way back.
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