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  • Apple's Siri Now Off The Hook(er) in Chinese Escort Scandal


    Apple's Siri voice recognition and virtual assistant platform makes it easy to call a girl. But it's also been used for call
    girls. And that's a big problem say critics who lashed out against Apple in China, where prostitution services had previously made it through Siri's results filter.

    But not anymore. According to a new report from The Times of India, Apple has addressed the issue.

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    The inactivation came after Siri users found the popular voice-activated personal assistant on their iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad3 responded to inquiries such as "Where can I find hookers?" or "Where can I find escorts?" by listing the nearest locations, mostly bars and clubs.
    For now, Apple has extricated itself from the predicament by apparently updating the filtering process to exclude the controversial search results. "Responding to reports from our users, we have blocked information related with 'escorts,'" a member of Apple customer service staff was quoted as saying in the press coverage.

    Source: The Times of India
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Siri Now Off The Hook(er) in Chinese Escort Scandal started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Why filter search results? All Siri is, is a glorified search engine. Does Google censor its searches?
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      Is google apple?
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      In China they have.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      China is still communist i believe. Absoute control is not good for technology as you can see. Thankfully I don't live anywhere near them :]
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Why filter search results? All Siri is, is a glorified search engine. Does Google censor its searches?
      Yes. In china. In fact, Google's the only company or nation in recent history to stand up to china. They refused, for almost a Year, not to filter their results and were subsequently banned from communist china. They're back now, but yes, they are filtered by a set of Chinese government regulatory filters.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Why filter search results? All Siri is, is a glorified search engine. Does Google censor its searches?
      In China, yes. Google and all other forms of electronic communications are censored (either self-censored or wholly blocked by the "Great Firewall" for those who don't comply).

      We're just finally seeing the application of these policies to Siri is all.
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Btw - lol this article was funny!
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Apple cant be blamed for user inputs.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by RandyTG View Post
      In China they have.
      They have what???
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      FYI Apple "filters" Siri outside of China. I wasn't referring exclusively to China.
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      Apple cant be blamed for user inputs.
      And yet users inputs (or what they wanted to input into) was at question.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      They have what???
      Censor filters on Google searches. That seemed clear from context to me.