December 1, 2011
Apple Says Siri Is Not Anti-Abortion
Apple squashed claims on Thursday that its iPhone 4S personal assistant application "Siri" is anti-abortion.
Siri performs various voice-activated functions, including finding locations for the user, letting the user know the weather conditions, and sending text messages to contacts.The application failed to locate nearby abortion clinics, and in other cases it suggested pregnancy advice centers as an alternative.
Apple denied the claims from bloggers and rights groups that the software was anti-abortion, but instead said it was new and still lacked some of the proper advice.
"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," spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said in a statement.
"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."
Critics say that in some cases, Siri would re-direct those asking for nearby abortion clinics to a place that counsels women against having their baby aborted.
Siri was a technology Apple acquired in 2010, and co-founder Norman Winarsky said that the current issue may not be with Apple but with the third-party services that provided it with information.
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