Apple CEO Cook Responds to Concerns of Siri Pro-Life Bias, Says It’s a Mistake

A good short video news piece from a Washington DC broadcast news show on Apple Siri: Mistake or Feature. Apple CEO Tim Cook soon responded to the ACLU’s concerns that Siri could find escort services but not reproductive services for women.

The ACLU last night expressed its concerns re Apple Siri — claiming its tests showed that the voice recognition search assistant feature in iOS 5 gives women seeking birth control or abortion info inaccurate information.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded — he did so quickly — saying the omission was not intentional. He wrote:


Thanks for your note.

Our customers use Siri to find out all types of information and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want. 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.

I appreciate you pointing this out.

Best Regards,

Apple’s new CEO Cook was responding to the president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, who wrote a letter to Cook regarding her concern that the Apple Siri voice assistant/search feature is giving women seeking abortion or birth control info wrong info. The ACLU and NARAL pointed him to this news report: