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

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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31. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Pretty awesome, but I call BS!

29. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

27. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 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

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

22. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

LMFAI best and funniest news I ve read all year!

20. erikg26

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 11, 2011

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

19. mclifford81

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

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

26. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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

16. 9MNLM

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 02, 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/

17. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

That's what I read also.

15. nimo

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 11, 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.

13. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 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.

12. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

this is a lie, somebody wants to make easy money

10. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011


11. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

aww yeah, that sounds like a perfect fit lol

30. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

9. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

hhmm i wonder what that simple question was??

6. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

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

5. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

oh uh she didn't!!!

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

3. brenner182

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

14. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

25. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

okay now your being an idiot

28. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

And for replying, so are you.

2. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

1. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

LOL is my take on it.

18. JeffdaBeat unregistered

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

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