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Apple fixes Siri "flaw" that showed adoption agencies when users searched for abortion clinics

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Back in 2011, Apple was embroiled in a controversy that revolved around Siri. When Siri was asked to find nearby abortion clinics, the virtual assistant returned a list of adoption agencies and fertility clinics. And while Apple blamed a glitch for the problem, changes have only started showing up recently on Siri's search results.

Last month, Fast Company asked Apple's virtual assistant to find abortion clinics in the nearby San Francisco area, and nearby clinics still did not show up in the results. Instead, an adoption agency 30 miles away appeared with no information on abortion clinics hitting the screen. But that has changed in the last week or so. The results for abortion centers in some areas now list Planned Parenthood facilities, and other places that would be considered abortion providers. Adoption centers still appeared on some lists, but they showed up closer to the bottom of the results.

Some believe that the new Nearby feature on Apple Maps is at least partly responsible for adding the abortion providers to Siri's results in certain areas. Nearby, which was added in iOS 9, shows users places of interest "nearby" such as restaurants, bars, gas stations and other businesses and attractions. Under a category named "family services," Nearby lists Planned Parenthood offices. That would seem to answer the question of how the issue got fixed, but doesn't explain why the company waited so long to make sure that Siri was providing the correct search results.

The answer to that question could actually give us the answer as to why this happened in the first place. It seems that Planned Parenthood and many other abortion providers do not label themselves as such. According to the December 1 2011 Search Engine Land, "Siri’s not finding abortion clinics because Planned Parenthood and other places that perform abortions don’t call themselves that, not in their names, nor have they been associated with a category for that."

Whether you believe this explanation, or believe that Apple was using Siri to push a company-wide Pro-life view probably depends on your feelings about Apple. Interestingly, a search for abortion clinics from the Bayview District of San Francisco last week, still showed an adoption agency using Apple Maps. Google Maps listed Planned Parenthood first.


source: FastCompany via AppleInsider

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posted on 30 Jan 2016, 02:31 3

1. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


*in flamboyant voice* That's what you call Irony!!

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 02:51 22

2. Tizo101 (Posts: 393; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


what?! this bug is from 2011... it's 2016, their kids are 5 years old now.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 03:27 1

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1290; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Haha lol...

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 04:25

9. villagerguyz (Posts: 85; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


hahahaahahahahaha

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:09 4

13. ibend (Posts: 3115; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


nothing to late in this world...
now abort those 5yo kids, lol

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:34

19. lyndon420 (Posts: 3699; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Those kids are coders at Apple now, and they're responsible for this glitch. (couldn't find the clinic so they were left on apple's door step)

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 02:53 6

3. submar (Posts: 278; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


still someone use apple map

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 11:58 2

62. Unordinary (Posts: 987; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


I do. And I have had zero bad experiences with it. Google Maps + Cambridge = dog sh*t

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 14:46 3

74. natypes (Posts: 1038; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


riiiiight. lol Head in the sand.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 18:22 1

82. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1003; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Wow, even many Apple fanboys prefer Google maps over Apple maps, you must be on a different level.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 20:53 1

83. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I actually deleted the Google maps app, didn't need it. Apple maps is top notch as well now.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 03:07 3

4. tacarat (Posts: 713; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


If they send fertility clinic seekers to the adoption facilities, it's cool.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 03:08 19

5. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Abortion is murder!

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 04:41 9

10. BradyCrack (Posts: 419; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Really? I don't think it is.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 04:47 10

12. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Obviously murderers doesn't see themselves as murderers but trust me - they are!

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:15 8

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Murder is a crime, abortion isn't. I'm neither for or against it, but I can understand why some women choose it. Ask a woman who was impregnated during a brutal rape, if it's murder.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:25

17. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


She can use emergency contraceptive pills...

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:03 4

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


She can also get an abortion. Don't sit here like a fool, and say what she can, or should do in that situation. You or I, have no idea the physical and mental trauma she's dealing with. As for post 18, I won't even bother, I'm not a woman.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:15

86. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


If you or I have no idea and I cannot say what she can do, then how can you say what she cannot do?
Post 18 was to show that the fetus does have some value, if it's not murder, then why should the man face death?
The last line reads...
"The assault took place on February 23 of this year. Ironically, had the unborn baby being killed by an abortionist on February 22, no charges would’ve been filed against anyone."

Whether you like it or not, many people(both men and women) think it's a murder and can't call all of them fools...even if you don't agree with them.

You can't be so intolerant towards others' views and talk about being pro choice at the same time...
I WAS NOT A FOOL WHEN I STOOD BY YOU MANY MANY TIMES, when you claimed that you can't abuse others just because they have a different view...
" I DIDN'T SAY SHE SHOULD, I SAID SHE CAN", I was just reminding you that abortion is not the only option...
I am talking about what she CAN/CANNOT do, you are talking about what I SHOULD/ SHOULD NOT do, now who is pro choice? and who is one of those idi*ts who don't respect others' opinions?

I still come to this site at least once a week, but i don't comment as much as I used to because I didn't want to entertain the trolls, but it looks like you were active in the comments section and unfortunately became one of them...

You abused me because I value unborn children...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 06:00

90. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I didn't abuse you at all, and meant no disrespect by using "fool", it was a blanket statement. My point is, abortion is legal at the moment, so it's not murder, cause there's no malice involved. The malicious intent would define it as a crime, that's why I used the example of rape.

My apologies for offending you with "fool" my dude.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 06:44

94. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Most of the abortions have nothing to do with rape, what about those?

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 10:49

95. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


There's no inherent value to anything. Value comes from someone thinking that something is valuable. It's a human made construct. I may value something of my deceased grandmother but it would be completely worthless to you. Likewise, you may value a fetus but others may not. Humans are not monolithic. We're not going to share all the same values.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 11:07

97. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You are right, all I am saying is that in my view, if you don't value a fetus, wear a condom or use some pills, it's not like you don't have a choice...after 9 months, is the mother allowed to kill her child if she doesn't value him/her? She is not...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 11:23

100. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I know you feel that way and that's why you should follow those rules but others may feel differently and they're going to do something else.

After nine months the child is no longer dependent on her so it is a separate being and we can transfer responsibility to anyone else.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 11:39

103. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


What about those who don't value their own lives and want to follow their rules by committing suicide? It's their life but they aren't allowed to do so, are they?
All I am saying is that people who don't want to give birth can use a condom or use some pills instead of going through a cruel, expensive procedure...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 13:48

105. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


As long as the person fully understands the finality of death, it should be their choice whether or not to end their life.

I think most people would agree that if you don't want children you should use a condom but ultimately it's their choice. I'm against people imposing their morality on someone else because I don't want anyone trying to impose their morality on me.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 01:16

108. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


But they are not allowed to end their lives, all those people who claim to be pro choice suddenly become moral police...even if you don't want them to impose their morality on you.
I am against suicide but it's more personal than an abortion.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:30

18. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


http://goo.gl/THGtk

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:47 6

21. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


the same argument all the time! there are pills these days she don't have to wait and should take the pill right after instead of waiting and letting a human baby suffer and die for no reason!

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 06:22 3

23. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


You know I agree with your point that abortion is murder, but you are making a fool of yourself. You are the type of people that others don't listen to because you spout undeveloped thoughts. If you are going to argue with people, have better points to back your side :)

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 06:33

92. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Yeah that's why i got 20 likes and you got only 2..
i'm saying what i think and believe i'm not trying to make other people think like me

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:04

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


See post 26.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:23

87. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You are right...

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:39 4

31. warrenellis93 (Posts: 145; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


why does the baby need to die if it was rape?

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 11:27 2

58. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ask the woman that got raped. I'm not a woman.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:40 1

89. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


What if the woman decides she wants kill the child after 9 months? Why isn't she not allowed to do that? Is she being punished for not deciding fast enough? What if the woman was in a state of shock for a year and she doesn't want the child after a year?
And if you say that you support abortion as an option because it's legal then people shouldn't have protested against slavery when it was legal. Will you accept slavery if both the slave and the owner are okay with it?
Laws are not perfect, they keep changing all the time...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 06:02

91. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


An analogy of slavery and abortion, is like an analogy of Mars and Peanut Butter. Rarely will it make sense.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 06:36

93. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Actually, it does because just a few decades back it was legal and there were people who supported it just like people support abortion today..
What about the other example that I have given?

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 11:04

96. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


At nine months you can induce labor if the potential mother doesn't want to keep the baby.

There's people engaged in slave and master relationships. If both parties are okay with it I don't see what the problem is. If one party is not okay with it then the state has a responsibility to step in.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 11:14

99. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I am not talking about the mother wanting to give birth to the child quickly...I am talking about the mother not wanting the baby to live after he/she is born...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 11:24

101. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


We can take the baby from her at that point with no burden to her.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 11:48

104. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Comment 103

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:28

88. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Yes, absolutely...

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:54

35. Sealblaighter (Posts: 200; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It is, because after a few weeks, that fetus is alive. Do a search if you disagree.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 13:49 2

73. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Is or isn't doesn't matter, it's legal. As I said before, I'm neither for or against it. It has its justifiable uses. No research required.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 06:23

24. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Murderers see themselves as murderers. They just don't think murder is wrong. If you're someone who thinks abortion is murder and that murder is wrong then you shouldn't have an abortion.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:06 3

28. xondk (Posts: 1121; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I must admit I always wonder about these stances, because at least to me it is never a simple subject, what if the parents can't afford a child? give it up for adoption? is that fair to the child? and there are a lot of other situations that I would say isn't fair for the child as well.
Should a child be born to a bad situation where they might suffer? or shouldn't they be born at all?
People should be responsible, but calling it murder when there can be a lot of reasons behind it, is at least in my opinion irresponsible, because you ignore the situation those people might be in?
So yeah.. on those stances I'm not on any of the defined lines, but on the "depends on situation" line.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:19 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 19332; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said. +1

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 10:27 4

43. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3583; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


What I find odd is how the legal system tries to have it both ways. It's legal to abort a fetus, because under the current definitions its not a person until a predetermined period. But if someone were to stab a pregnant woman and the fetus dies, they can be charged with murder. So as far as the lgal system is concerned, a fetus can be aborted if the mother does it because it's not yet a person, but if someone else does it to that same fetus it's murder. They can't have it both ways, either it's a person or it isn't, either it's murder or it isn't.

As far as what's fair to the child, is it fair to not even give them the chance to be born? Plenty of children are born into bad situations where the parents wanted a child. Life can suck no matter what happens, but at least they'd be alive to try and make good out of a bad situation. If they're dead they're not even given a chance to do so. And if they're given up for adoption, they'd have a chance at a decent life since the people who are adopting actually want a child.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 10:56

51. xondk (Posts: 1121; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Yup, it is a difficult situation, and as I wrote, all depends on the situation.
And yeah, includes when is a child a child, what constitutes a child, it is frustrating in terms, and yeah, the whole should a child be born, is it fair to them not being born?

So yeah, it is a complicated and in my eyes sad issue.
Though on the whole law side, yeah abortions vs your example of murder, it is tricky and troublesome, I'm guessing in your example is because the child is wanted, and the pain of losing such a child is a terrible one, but yeah, what of the child when for what ever reason parents need an abortion.

Personally I think our society and culture needs a radical shift before we can even hope to solve this, world needs to be a place where a child can't be born into suffering, but yeah as you state, life can suck no matter what, heck children can be born into a happy family only to lose parents early on.
But all these complications and such, is why I don't stand on either for or against abortions, but as I stated, "Depends on situation" I simply can't say that I am qualified to judge people, especially those I have never known.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 12:10

64. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3583; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I am against it, but at the same time it's their decision to make. I can tell them what I think, but I'm not going to force them not to. But I also believe that in certain instances, say when the life of the mother is in jeopardy, then it is warranted.

A big part of this comes down to personal responsibility as well. And today that is in short supply. People could use contraception, even multiple forms simultaneously to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but most don't. They could also give the child up for adoption, but most don't want to put up with the hassle of carrying the child to term. The way I was brought up, there are consequences to your actions and it's your responsibility to deal with them.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 04:09

84. Mfa901 (Posts: 247; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


instead of abortion...what if a woman stab herself killing the fetus..

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:56

110. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3583; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


A woman who stabs herself to get rid of a pregnancy would be considered mentally unbalanced.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 16:45

79. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7755; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Well you can think whatever you like, doesn't make it true or false. After all its just a thought.

However factually it's a life from the day cell division begins. Doesn't matter if it has a brain or heart. It's still the beginning stages of a life.

If you kill it then you commit murder.

People who believe in God believe this and people who dont, welll think like you.

Since man doesn't have the ability to create a human like from scratch, only pro-create, then that means there is likely a God and I will take his aide on the issue.

But you're free to think as you choose.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:20 7

16. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


As long as the brain is not developed, it is not murder

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:48 2

22. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


in that case let's just kill all animals because they are not smart enough!

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:15

29. xondk (Posts: 1121; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


To comment to this as well, personally I wish there were people that realized that ALL over the world, this happens...yet is mostly casually accepted, there are those that speak against but they usually have own motives, and this isn't meant as a jab, but there are vegans that basically call anyone that eats meat murderers.
I think vegan is better for the world and the animals, but animals are going to be eaten still, and just because you eat animals doesn't mean that you don't want said animal to have had a good life.
Seems pressing ones own view is often more important then just going and doing something that will help animals (or other things/people) in society of late, everyone loves arguing and talking about it, yet the amount that actually 'do' what they say unfortunately is seemingly low.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:40

32. warrenellis93 (Posts: 145; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


so you are saying all mentally challenged people need to die?

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 10:11 1

39. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Where did anyone say someone needs to die?

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 11:25 1

56. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Where I draw the line as to whether someone counts as a person is the point at which the brain is developed.

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