Finding ride-share horror stories isn’t difficult. Last year, Uber’s first-ever safety report revealed almost 6,000 people reported being sexually assaulted in 2017 and 2018. The same year Uber released its report, Lyft was flooded with sexual assault lawsuits, with one law firm alone representing over 100 cases against both companies.
But before the issue gained widespread media attention, these stories traveled on social media and between friend groups. Now, young people are repurposing TikTok—a platform known for comedy clips, memes, and social commentary—to make videos of fake conversations that help vulnerable people escape dodgy rideshare situations.