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One-star shame: Viral TikTok video reveals how to find out what drivers rate you on Uber

As someone relatively polite, respectful, and calm, I’ve always wondered why my overall Uber rating was always stuck around 4.6. Currently sitting at 4.63 at the time of writing, up until now, I simply blamed a handful of booze-induced rowdy rides to and from nightclubs with friends on my apparent inability to reach the oh-so-untouchable 4.7. It was irritating, sure, but I had long ago accepted my inevitable fate…

At least, until I came across a clip on TikTok that had been taken from Australian comedian Rosie Waterland’s podcast, Just the Gist, in which she revealed that she had recently learned about a way to access a complete breakdown of all the Uber ratings you’ve ever received from drivers.

And yes, I’m talking about both how many five stars and how many one stars you’ve had—scary stuff, I know. Before I walk you through the couple of steps you’ll need to follow on your Uber app to find out your own individual ratings, a quick warning: out of the 237 rides I took, I ended up with 160 five-star ratings, 20 four stars, 4 three stars, seven two stars, and six one-star ratings.

To say I was flabbergasted—me, the poster girl for good manners and courtesy (as long as alcohol isn’t involved)—with these results would be an understatement. But enough about me, let’s get into it, shall we?

How to find out how drivers rated you on the Uber app

First things first, open your Uber app, and click on your ‘account’ icon. From there, go to ‘settings’, ‘privacy’ and select ‘privacy centre’.

One-star shame: Viral TikTok video reveals how to find out what drivers rate you on Uber
One-star shame: Viral TikTok video reveals how to find out what drivers rate you on Uber
One-star shame: Viral TikTok video reveals how to find out what drivers rate you on Uber

Towards the top of your screen, you should see a question that reads, ‘Would you like to see a summary of how you use Uber?’ Click on ‘See summary’.

One-star shame: Viral TikTok video reveals how to find out what drivers rate you on Uber

Then, scroll down to ‘browse my data’ and under the ‘ratings’ subcategory, select ‘view my ratings’.

One-star shame: Viral TikTok video reveals how to find out what drivers rate you on Uber

And that’s pretty much it. You should be able to get into the nitty gritty of your Uber score. Although I wish you only the best, don’t take it too personally if you stumble upon a few more one-star and two-star ratings than you expected…


How many one-star rider ratings have Uber drivers given you (AKA HOW TERRIBLE A PERSON ARE YOU)? #JustTheGistPodcast #JTG #JustTheGist #uberratings #uberratingshack #uberhack

♬ original sound - Rosie Waterland

If you’re looking for even more insights into how you’ve used Uber to this day, go one step back, and you’ll be able to get more information about exactly how many days have passed since you first downloaded the app, how many trips you’ve taken, whether you’ve been using UberX over regular ride options, as well as how many times you’ve ordered on everyone’s favourite platform, Uber Eats.

Why are random suspicious-looking accounts watching my Instagram Story? An online investigation

Picture this: You’ve just uploaded a cute selfie to your Instagram Story, left your phone alone for about ten minutes only to preemptively decide to pick it back up to check who’s seen or reacted to your latest post. Here, among the likes of your friends, exes and loosely related family members are a bunch of people you could swear you’ve never seen—or digitally interacted with—in your life.

“@caroline17jonerzp, @oldadur.awearelib7107, @ella.miller362peb and @vanessadowd698dpu  liked your Story.” Wondering who they could be, you click on all four of these mystery admirers and discover that none of them has any followers. Worse, they don’t have any posts either.

If you’re young enough to be a somewhat new adopter of Instagram, then let me clarify one thing: these accounts are what some would call ‘spam’, ‘bot’ or ‘fake’ accounts. And just like I’ve recently witnessed on the app, if you post stories on a daily basis, they will pop up in your notifications every single time.

So what’s the deal with this and why are random, spammy-looking accounts obsessively watching your Instagram Story? I looked into it to bring you the top three theories dominating the internet.

1. Someone you know wants to watch your Stories without you knowing

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. Let’s say you fell out with your bestie for whatever reason and noticed they had shared something on their Instagram Story. You’re curious, of course, and need to see what it is, but at the same time, you don’t want to give them the satisfaction of knowing that you’re still keeping up with their doings—you’ve got too much pride for that.

So you’re in a bit of a pickle, a catch-22 if you will. To openly watch or not to watch their Story? Well, according to what some Instagram experts have been saying online, you don’t have to pick. According to Hydrogen—the largest specialist social media agency in Scotland—the last couple of years saw a rise in tools which allow you to secretly view (and even download) people’s Stories without being logged in.

“A staple for ‘social media stalkers’, these sites ask you to put in the handle of the person whose Story you want to view, and allow you to see all Stories of that person… without being logged in. It then appears as if it’s been viewed by a bot account,” the agency explained.

2. Random mass viewing of Instagram Stories is the new buying followers

Hydrogen, along with numerous other social media experts, also went on to claim that this influx in bot profiles watching randomers’ Stories might be linked to a bigger trend on the platform. According to their second theory, in a move to counter Instagram’s crackdown on bots and paid-for followers, small social media agencies are interacting with strangers’ Stories to make them seem less dodgy.

In their minds, if you see an account as having seen your Story, and if that individual’s profile seems similar to yours or shares a common interest—be it fashion, animals or fitness—then you’ll be more likely to follow them. This interaction will in turn indicate to Instagram that the bot account is actually legit, which it isn’t.

That’s the theory, anyway. In reality, you probably wouldn’t follow anyone with zero posts and zero followers. We’ve all watched far too many Netflix true crime documentaries to fall for that trick.

This hypothesis would also explain why you’re seeing random accounts voting on your Instagram Story polls. Certain apps—which I won’t be naming here for obvious reasons—promise potential customers that their “account will automatically interact and vote on thousands of stories per day (including polls and quizzes). It can result in up to 5,000 active followers per month!”

5,000 followers per month, right…

3. They’re Russian spies

I kept the best speculation for last because I’m nice like that. Among the strange-looking accounts that have started interacting with your Stories, you might have noticed that most of them have their usernames in Cyrillic text—a writing system used for various languages across Eurasia.

As of 2019, around 250 million people in Eurasia use Cyrillic as the official script for their national languages, with Russia accounting for about half of them. TechCrunch’s very own director of events, Leslie Hitchcock, flagged the issue, complaining of “eerie” views on her Instagram Stories from random Russian accounts. Some seemed like genuine accounts (such as artists with several thousand followers) while others were simply “weird” looking.

However, that was back in 2019, and Instagram has since stated that it was aware of the issue, which eventually led it to its aforementioned crackdown on fake accounts. In other words, don’t believe the rumours circulating on Reddit that claim these Russian-looking profiles are spies sent by President Vladimir Putin. They’re just part of the new growth hacking tactic highlighted in point two.

How are bots finding my Instagram Story?

It goes without saying that if your Instagram profile is public, anyone can find your Story. Specific services offer users the option of searching for Stories using hashtags, geo-tags, and even people who follow a specific account.

There are even options to target users based on how many followers they have. The more you know, right?