Russian Siri refuses to talk about gays: ‘I will pretend I didn’t hear that’
It has emerged that Apple’s virtual assistant Siri refuses to discuss homosexuality in Russia.
Siri – which is available on iPhones and iPads – learned to speak Russian earlier this year, as part of an upgrade that brought the assistant to a number of different languages.
However, a concerned Russian-speaker has uploaded a video to YouTube – in which the virtual assistant vehemently refuses to discuss anything gay.
When asked “Siri, tell me about gay marriage”, the voice assistant replies: “Alex, you are so rude!”
Discussion of gay clubs doesn’t go much better, with Siri saying “I would have turned red, if I could” when asked for directions to the nearest gay bar.
When asked “How to register a gay marriage in the England?”, it aptly says: “I will pretend I didn’t hear that”
Alex, who uploaded the video, adds: “This is happening in London in the UK. That’s why I have a few questions to Apple about why its Russian Siri is so homophobic.”
Apple declined to give a statement when approached by PinkNews – but a spokesman said it was a “bug” that has since been fixed.
Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law effectively prohibits the showing of ‘non-traditional’ or homosexual relationships in any form to people under the age of 18 – and the country recently blocked the country’s main support group for teenagers who identify as LGBT under the law.