Here We Go Again: “Iris” (Android’s Version Of Siri) Says “Abortion Is Wrong”
11:45 am, February 8th | by Amy Tennery
As you may recall, Apple was left with a bit of an uncomfortable PR situation late last year, after folks discovered that the iPhone’s friendly electronic helper, Siri, ‘refused’ to direct users to abortion clinics. As it turned out, no, there was not an anti-choice agenda behind Siri’s attitude — just crummy beta technology glitchiness.
But, as bad as that was, the Verizon Android version of Siri, “Iris,” is a far murkier problem.
Because while Siri seemed not to understand what abortion clinics were (or, at the very least, didn’t know how to get you to one) Iris appears to actively oppose the very concept.
Take this video from Right Wing Watch, in which Iris is seen railing against abortion (and even citing biblical texts!), after being asked “is abortion wrong”:
What is going on? Turns out, it all boils down to Iris’ search engine.
As Think Progress found, Iris gleans all her responses from ChaCha, otherwise known as the slightly less popular version of Ask Jeeves (if that were possible). Not surprisingly, if you search the same questions on ChaCha that you ask on the Android, you get the same answers.
And there’s a reason that ChaCha might have a bias. Why? Because, according to Gizmodo all of ChaCha’s answers are provided by paid freelancers (a.k.a. actual humans) who “edit, crosscheck and approve” the content you search for.
Ah, good old fashioned, hand-censored search results.