Siri anti-abortion claims officially refuted by Apple

Voice commanded personal assistant under fire over claimed views on abortion

Apple's recently released voice controlled personal assistant Siri has come under fire for claimed anti-abortion views with Apple refuting the reports

Apple has defended claims that its iPhone 4S locked personal assistant application Siri is anti-abortion stating the voice controlled service is still learning and will continue to progress throughout its Beta phase.

In a bizarre lambasting of the Siri service yesterday pro-choice activists suggested that the system’s lack of knowledge surrounding the locations of abortion clinics showed a bias on Apple's part around the ethical morality of pre-birth termination.

Despite a number of users seeking the location of an abortion clinic instead being offered directions to pregnancy advice centres Apple has issued an official statement insisting Siri is in no way against the choice of abortion with the informational omission simply an oversight.

"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 Natalie Kerris, an official Apple spokesperson.

"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."

Siri Security Issues

Released alongside the Apple iPhone 4S back in October Siri has been struck by a number of issues since launch with security breeches seeing unwanted access to personal data gained by bypassing handset's passcode locks through the personal assistant.

Should Apple have to defend Siri and its claimed political and ethical bias on abortion or does its Beta tag cover all issues? Let us know what you think via the comments box below.

Via: TechRadar