Of all the cool features on Apple’s iPhone 4S, the voice recognition software Siri is easily the most enjoyable, providing users with an endless entertainment.
Siri will do a lot of things: tell you a joke, remind you to put the bins out, and even suggest suitable places to hide a dead body.
But there is one line that it does not appear to want to cross – abortion. Pro-choice campaigners have complained that when asked to locate abortion clinics, Siri is no help at all.
Bloggers have been claiming that when they ask Siri to find their nearest abortion clinic, it comes back with no answers whatsoever. It has also been claimed that even when you search for a specific clinic by its name and address, Siri still has no answers.
Even more surprisingly, one journalist from American news website rawstory.com has claimed that when she asked Siri for a nearby abortion clinic, it came back with the location of crisis pregnancy centres.
As these are generally designed to offer women alternatives to abortion, this has led to even more suspicion over Siri’s motives.
Abortion websites have set up petitions against this apparent glitch, and pro-choice campaigners have contacted Apple about the issue.
Siri still a beta product
But Apple have dismissed claims of any malicious intent, saying that Siri is still a beta product with problems that are yet to ironed out.
“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,” a spokeswoman for Apple said in an interview.
“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.”