The investigation specifically found that Uber “used Greyball to block 17 rider accounts, 16 of which belonged to government officials, and deny 29 ride requests by city transportation enforcement officers,” Reuters reported .
For the uninitiated, Greyball is a secret internal program that about 50 or 60 Uber employees knew about, according to the Times report, and was used in a number of cities, including Portland, Boston, Las Vegas, and Paris, Oregon, and also a few countries outside the US.
According to the Times , Grayball showed officials “ghost cars” in a fake version of the app in an attempt to dodge regulators and also allegedly created geo-fences around potential investigative areas.
The ride-sharing service also reportedly traced user credit card information and searched social media accounts in an effort to track down potential investigators.
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