Apple Vaguely Apologizes for Siri's Abortion 'Glitch'

After the Internet freaked out over Siri's apparent pro-life bias, Apple has responded, but not apologized or fixed (yet), the personal assistant's abortion "glitch." Four days after the Abortioneers blog discovered that Siri gave pro-life listings for requests to find an abortion provider, the story got enough web attention that the iMaker felt inclined to respond. Apple  told CNET's Elinor Mills that the whole thing was a kink in Siri's software and not purposeful. "These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product," said Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr. "We find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks," continued Neumayr. It's not exactly an apology or an indication of what exactly Apple will do. But the company insists it's not a conspiracy. 

Apple claims that Siri was not built in with any moral bias and vaguely alluded to fixing the issue, but that hasn't stopped groups from creating petitions to "fix" Siri. Both the ACLU and the  Abortioneers have petitions asking Apple to change the way Siri responds to an abortion. The company hasn't exactly said it would change the software to reflect more liberal views, appeasing these groups, but said it would "find places where we can do better," -- that's not exactly the response these groups are looking for. They want Apple to "point users to the right places," which in their opinion is an abortion clinic. Apple's response just said it would "do better."  

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