If you get bored one day and decide to ask your Google Home device whether it’s a feminist, it will reply forthrightly: “I’m a strong believer in equality, so I definitely consider myself a feminist.”
If you ask that same question to Apple’s voice assistant Siri, you get a much more evasive answer: “It seems to me that all humans should be treated equally.”
According to The Guardian, leaked internal documents from Apple reveal that Apple told developers working on Siri to deal with “sensitive topics” like feminism by carefully deflecting and disengaging, or simply providing factual answers from sources like Wikipedia. Because you don’t want to set those MRAs off!
The project saw Siri’s responses explicitly rewritten to ensure that the service would say it was in favour of “equality”, but never say the word feminism – even when asked direct questions about the topic. …
In explaining why the service should deflect questions about feminism, Apple’s guidelines explain that “Siri should be guarded when dealing with potentially controversial content”. When questions are directed at Siri, “they can be deflected … however, care must be taken here to be neutral”.
A true profile in courage.
H/T — r/GamerGhazi
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