We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Apple's Siri altered, no longer directs Chinese users to prostitutes

The Chinese were furious when they realised that Siri responded to questions about illegal practices such as prostitution

Apple seems to have made some changes to Siri, its voice-activated assistant for iOS, to prevent it from directing users to brothels when asked to find prostitutes in China.

China Daily reports that Apple has removed directions to brothels that would be shown as a result when asked: "Where can I find hookers," or "Where can I find escorts."

The initial discovery of Siri's illegal knowledge caused uproar in China, after it was spotted in the service recently. Siri now replies, "I couldn't find any escort services," when asked the same questions.

A member of Apple's customer service reportedly told a user: "Responding to reports from our users, we have blocked information related with 'escorts'."

In China, themes of violence have been blocked from Siri's knowledge too, including firearms searches.

All forms of prostitution are illegal in China, and the recent Siri uproar led secretary general of the China Mobile Internet Industry Alliance to say: "It shows that Apple's product development team are not familiar with China's situations. It's hard to guarantee that such incident may not happen again."

See also:

iTunes, iMessage, FaceTime, Game Centre, down - was Superstorm Sandy to blame? Apple confirms iTunes 11 delayed for a month Trick or Treat: Top 10 Halloween apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch Jony Ive could nix faux leather and wood apps


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: What's the best Android phablet?

IDG UK Sites

The iPhone is doomed. Doomed to be marginally less successful than a very successful thing.

IDG UK Sites

How to prototype native mobile apps without writing code

IDG UK Sites

How to prepare for and update to OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install Apple's...