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Uber South Africa now verifies cash riders using Facebook

Two big changes have arrived on the Uber South Africa app this week, and you might’ve already noticed them.

First and foremost, there’s a feature hidden to riders. Uber now allows drivers to share the details of their trip with loved ones. This is an extension of the feature that allows riders to share details with their loved ones.

The new feature comes after feedback accrued at Uber’s driver hubs, suggesting that the addition will also bolster the service’s safety for drivers.

Speaking of driver safety, an additional feature will impact both drivers and riders, especially those who pay using cash.

“Social Connect”, as Uber calls it, stands in as a verification method when no credit card is available.

The variables that are verified are the number of friends, verified profile and phone number,” the company explains in a press release.

“Uber will only use the link to Facebook to verify a user and check for a legitimate facebook profile. Uber will never post to Facebook on a user’s behalf.”

These features are available now.

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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