Quoted: Siri gets caught up in politics

“Although it isn’t clear that Apple is intentionally trying to promote an anti-choice agenda, it is distressing that Siri can point you to Viagra, but not the Pill, or help you find an escort, but not an abortion clinic.”

— an ACLU blog post, on reports that Apple iPhone personal assistant Siri, which usually comes up with a useful answer for many a query, comes up blank when asked for help in finding an abortion clinic or birth control. (We had no idea people were getting so intimate with Siri.) Apple’s response, according to CNet: “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.” Not that Apple is a stranger to omission — the company reserves the right to omit/pull/kill certain apps from its App Store. And it has.


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