In relation to Monday's protest held by 200 or so drivers, a company spokesperson tells BuzzFeed that “Uber respects our partners’ first amendment rights" and that they "do not — and have not — taken action against drivers who protest."
However, drivers' opinions may differ, and fearing deactivation or other retribution drivers seem to regard Uber as a vengeful God. Yes, they might be paranoid, and might be in this instance, but it's a prominent fear. It's a concern, for example, that Monday's protestors cited when they refused to share their last names with the media in planning the event, a movement related to the company's recently lowered fares.
We now learn that during Monday's protest one somewhat-combative driver confronted a boyish young man pointing his phone at protesters' vehicles. Suspecting that the man represented Uber and was recording license plate numbers to report to the company, perhaps to break ties with them, the protesting driver demanded, "You work for them?"
No, the man says, identifying himself only as Tyler and hurrying away.
After he was identified on an Uber driver message board, Uber informed BuzzFeed that he's Tyler Blum, a member of the company's senior administrative staff. Interestingly, in a Fox 5 Las Vegas article from 2014, Blum, is quoted promoting the company. “It's a lot cheaper than taxis. You guarantee someone can pick you up. Even if I lose my wallet, I can use it. [This] sounds like an ad, but I really use Uber a lot.” It's unclear whether Blum was working for Uber at the time.
"To keep our employees safe, we carefully watch what’s happening online, at our offices and partner support centers — including during protests,” an Uber employee said. According to the company, Blum was just turning over the footage he was shooting to the company's security team and had no ill-will or ill-intention toward drivers.