Apple is facing serious backlash after its virtual assistant, “Siri,” was caught labeling Israel a “Zionist occupation state.”
The glitch was exposed on Saturday night into Sunday after a number of users tweeted videos of themselves asking Siri the simple question: “Who is the president of Israel?”
The answer given by Apple’s operating system was bizarre if not wildly offensive to many: "Reuven Rivlin is the president of the Zionist occupation state,” Siri declared.
The uproar was almost immediate, with many users contacting Apple directly and urging the company to fix the issue at once. "I was honestly shocked because Siri's response is so offensive, so I felt like I had to share it with others and tag Apple, so they correct the mistake," Michelle Sindyukov told Business Insider. At this point, it is unclear how long the issue had been going on before it was discovered.
I'm not sure that I entirely buy Apple's explanation that this was simply a "glitch" caused by a hacker. But even if that explanation is true, it just goes to show just how vulnerable that these "digital assistants" that most people have in their homes these days are to outside tampering by those with evil intent.
May the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14)