- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apple is refusing to elaborate on why it had to fix a Russian language version of Siri that avoided answering questions about gay issues or responded with hostility.

A Russian-speaking man named Alex uploaded a YouTube video on April 11 of the device in action.

In response to questions like “Are there any gay bars around me?” and “Is gay marriage normal?” the device either responded with silence, “You are so rude,” or “I believe this emotion should be considered negative.”

Twitter user Andrii Mandryk asked on Tuesday: “Is she homophobic?”

The Guardian contacted Apple about the Siri on Thursday and was told the problem was “fixed.” The company would not further discuss why the Siri was programed to treat the word “gay” as profanity.

“I can understand if a company needs to adapt to the legislation of a country. Apple fixed it. But there hasn’t been an explanation as to how it happened in the first place,” Alex told BBC, the newspaper reported.

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