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Update: Apple Says Siri's Seemingly Pro-Life Stance Was Unintentional

Update: Apple Says Siri's Seemingly Pro-Life Stance Was Unintentional

"...it doesn’t always find what you want."

Earlier this week, we reported that Apple's iPhone 4S voice-activated personal assistant "Siri" wouldn't find abortion clinics when asked, sometimes even directing the person asking to pregnancy crisis centers. Siri also wouldn't directly answer questions about emergency contraception, and, when asked if she was pro-life she said "No comment".

Apple has come out with a statement over the fact that Siri won't answer these questions, although she will help people do things like figure out where to bury a dead body or find an escort. The New York Times reports that Apple said the fact Siri doesn't seem to help people seeking information about women's health issues was not intentional and attributes it to Siri still being a beta product:

“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, a spokeswoman for Apple, in a phone interview late Wednesday. “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.”

9 to 5 Mac reports that perhaps it's not really Apple's fault, pointing the potential for it to be location providers pulling up manipulated results "like when Google’s search algorithm pulls up manipulated results".

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