Apple: Siri isn't anti-abortion
Voice command app accused of hiding clinics
Apple is not using its voice search app Siri to save unborn foetuses, a spokeswoman told the New York Times yesterday, flatly denying rumours that the service had a political agenda.
Claims that the iPhone 4S's voice assistant app Siri was anti-abortion surfaced on the web this week after tests by bloggers suggested that it was hiding abortion clinics and contraception advice from American women. In one particular test, a Siri search for abortion clinics in Manhattan turned up no results, but Google search for an abortion clinic in the area revealed seven potential clinics and contraception advice. Siri does of course draw upon Google results as one source for its answers.
Noting that Siri doesn't shy away from the darker side of human life – it will give you advice on where to bury a body and will offer prostitute services to those who say they're lonely – interwebbers have claimed that the search app was pushing some sort of pro-life agenda.
But Siri was not intentionally omitting anything, Apple rep Natalie Kerri told the NYT, and in no way was Cupertino trying to protect God's precious gift of life by stopping the murder of the unborn.
Siri is a beta service, she explained, adding that there are no intentional omissions in its search results.
Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want. These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.
Why have you assumed only "leftist liberals" need the services of an abortion clinic?
Why have you assumed there is a sense of urgency? People search for a myriad of reasons, curiousity being one and I suspect there are more than a few crackpots searching for the same clinics, albeit with a different intent.
Hope you feel better getting that pointless rant off your chest though. Other than it being pretty much entirely wrong, it was great.
Apple has changed
In the old days you'd just get an e-mail saying
"Just keep it, no big deal
Sent from my iPhone"
@Destroy All Monsters
Sorry but your childish whining doesn't make any sense.