For the last little while, maybe minutes, maybe hours, pranksters at Wikipedia have been battling to replace the image of U.S. President Donald Trump with an image of a penis. Wikipedia has been rolling back the change but they keep finding new ways to push it through again.
That affects Apple because Siri pulls the Wikipedia entry to answer questions like "Who is Donald Trump?" and "How old is Donald Trump?" Which means, you guessed it, for the last little while, off and on, Siri has been serving up the penis image instead of the president one.
Update: The following information was sent in by English Wikipedia administrator TheSandDoctor:
In response, Apple has switched Siri to sending people to the web, aka Google, for the answer instead of Wikipedia. So, quick and smart solution there, Apple. Especially with all the corporate offices in the U.S. closed for Thanksgiving this week.
But, it does raise an important question: With open information databases being the source for assistant based replies, for Siri and others, how will Apple and other companies handle pranks and just downright inaccurate data going forward? Applepedia, Wolfram Amazon, and WikiGoogle probably aren't realistic answers.
So, is it just flagging and fixing when problems arise, at least for the foreseeable future?
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I’m sorry, but what was the problem with that search result, exactly?! Why did they switch it?!
One might think it's because it mocks the president, but the real reason is just that it's explicit content Apple doesn't allow explicit content on the App Store, so it wouldn't really want it through any of its other services. The irony is that the web search results probably have the Wikipedia page fairly high up, if not one of the first results.
I reckon emjayess was being sarcastic?
I honestly don't really care, I answered the question. Sarcasm is really hard to read online, and a sarcasm "/s" wasn't used. That doesn't make me stupid, that makes emjayess stupid for attempting to use sarcasm online.
Big Brother Apple knows what's best for all of us, right?
To be fair, it's just because it goes against there "no explicit content" rule. When you escape Siri to visit web results, Apple can't be blamed anymore for what you see. If Apple blocked Safari from visiting certain content there would be a very big problem.
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