Rent a Scooter, Sign Away Your Legal Rights

Electric scooter riders Dallas are learning — painfully — they may have little recourse against the rental companies for any accident-related damages and injuries. The companies have shielded themselves via novella-length payment agreements that users must accept to use the scooters.

The click-to-agree clauses, which can consume more than 250 cellphone screens to read fully, force riders to settle all disputes through confidential binding arbitration, effectively giving up their right to sue in court. Some of the user agreements say renters must take responsibility for all accidents and damage and must accept a $100 limit on the companies’ liability.

Chaos Seekers

a segment of the American electorate that was once peripheral is drawn to “chaos incitement” and that this segment has gained decisive influence through the rise of social media.

The circulation of this type of information (which the authors label “hostile political rumors”) has been “linked to large-scale political outcomes within recent years such as the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

NY Times