Apple Denies Claims Siri Is Anti-Abortion
December 2, 2011 by staff
‘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,’ said spokesperson Natalie Kerris.
‘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.’
In a letter to Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, had said: ‘Siri is a great tool that mixes humour and sarcasm in responding to questions.
‘Thus, it is disappointing to read that a tool like Siri is missing the mark when it comes to providing information about such personal health issues as abortion care and contraception.’
Ms Keenan continued: ‘Although Siri is not the principal resource for women’s health care, I hope you agree that it is important that the women who are using this application not be misled about their pregnancy-related options.’
Siri, a major selling point of the iPhone 4S, lets users set reminders, access information and manage their schedules with their voice.
In the US, the software responds to queries about local services – a feature not available on this side of the Atlantic.
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