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iPhone Siri tells a 12-year-old kid to “Shut the f*** up”

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iPhone Siri tells a 12-year-old kid to “Shut the f*** up”
Siri, your humble virtual assistant might have turned out not so humble after all. Charlie, a 12-year-old boy reportedly asked Siri running on an iPhone 4S a question and got the following answer: "Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***." His mum came over and couldn’t believe what she heard either.

"The phone was a demo version and was low enough on the shelf for Charlie to have a go with it. He asked it a simple question and we couldn't believe the filth it came out with,” the mother commented. "I thought I must be hearing things. So we asked again and the same four-letter stuff blared out.”

The unit was later removed from the shelf of the UK Tesco store and reportedly sent for diagnostics over to Apple, but it seems like someone has tinkered with the iPhone 4S on display to reprogram and change Siri’s usual behaviour. Charlie’s mum quickly pointed out that the phrase was “verbal abuse” but isn’t this a bit of an overreaction? What’s your take on that?

source: The Sun

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posted on 02 Jan 2012, 08:58 13

1. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


LOL is my take on it.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:29 9

18. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I kind of wish Siri had more responses like that...

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:01 24

2. iShepherd (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Charlie's mum needs to "shut the f***k up".

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:02 8

3. brenner182 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


id tell the kid the same thing, becasue i hate kids.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:43 13

14. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Hate kids ?? So you should have killed yourself when you were a kid .. :P

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:45 7

25. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


okay now your being an idiot

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 17:12 3

28. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


And for replying, so are you.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:06 12

4. remixfa (Posts: 14042; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Siri gone bad... on the next episode of cops!!! Lol. How did they tamper with it? That's awesome.. I wanna go prank some friends .. lololol

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:06 10

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5907; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Bad Siri!
Bad Siri!
What'cha gonna do when they come for you!?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:07 4

5. pongkie (Posts: 504; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


oh uh she didn't!!!

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:07 4

6. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


Siri, why did you tell a child to shut the f*** up?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:12 5

7. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


hhmm i wonder what that simple question was??

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:41 3

9. quakan (Posts: 1214; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Am I the only one who still can't think of what "t***" means? I want to say turd but that doesn't sound censorable haha.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:43 6

10. ChafedBanana (Posts: 360; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Twat?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:51 2

11. quakan (Posts: 1214; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


aww yeah, that sounds like a perfect fit lol

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 06:17

30. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1050; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Time to go look that word up in Urban Dictionary...

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:10 1

12. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


this is a lie, somebody wants to make easy money

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:26 5

13. johnny9000 (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Did not happen. No one at an Apple store would have the programming know how to do that, otherwise they wouldn't be working at a Apple store. This is a lie.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:13 3

15. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


its easy to do it, you just have to change the name in the contact card for yourself. so insead of saying your name NAME it would say whatever you've typed in there instead.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:13 1

16. 9MNLM (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


It did not require programming skill. UK news sources reported that the demo iPhone's username was changed to the offending phrase. Siri was merely speaking the username. http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/demo-iphone-swears-at-boy-in-coventry-tesco-50006526/

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:19 2

17. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


That's what I read also.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:49 1

19. mclifford81 (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


please someone tell me how to reprogram siri to do this..

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:59

26. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Ask siri: "from now on you call me........" or sth like that. Or go to the Siri settings.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:26 1

20. erikg26 (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Apr 2011)


Siri is funny !1 :) good for her !! jajaja

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:26 1

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6668; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


LMFAI best and funniest news I ve read all year!

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:27 1

22. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Jail brake the Iphone 4s and install a personality patch.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:38 2

23. Sniggly (Posts: 7176; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yikes. It's actually pretty funny that it was that easy to make Siri swear. Of course, it'll be an overreaction for mommy to sue, because it IS that easy for anyone with half a brain to mess with a demo unit without the employees knowing.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 15:23

27. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


I cant believe people use this program...none the less...use it for anything serious...its the only clear identifier between the 4 and 4s.....i played with it in a local sams kiosk....and wasnt impressed at all. Yes it can tell you the time and weather in chicago if you are in texas...but come on Apple....you can do way better than this...almost seems like you are playing with a fisher price toy

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 19:36

29. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Kids of this generation are annoying, so I am not surprised with Siri's reaction, lol.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 10:28

31. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Pretty awesome, but I call BS!

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