Android's Iris app--the counterpart to Apple's Siri--is "anti-abortion, anti-evolution, racist and even thinks that rape may be justifiable," according to an article by Gizmodo.
The app was developed by a company called Dexetra. After its popularity soared, Dexetra partnered with Q&A search engine ChaCha to expand its search abilities.
ChaCha is a user-generated service powered by 180,000 "freelancers around the country to answer, edit, crosscheck and approve these answers."
"Generalist and Specialist Guides can make between $0.10 and $0.20 for each question answered. There are also Expediters and Transcribers, who earn $0.02 per question. On top of this there are the Vetters, who allegedly make sure that the answers are okay, getting $0.01 for each question fielded," Gizmodo reports.
But apparently, those Vetters aren't doing a good enough job.
Gizmodo broke the news about some of the controversial answers to questions users were asking of Iris. Here a some questions and answers below.
When you ask Iris "is abortion wrong?" Iris will answer:
Yes, abortion is wrong. The Lord has said, "You shall not murder," (Exodus 20:13). The life that is growing within the mother is a child, a baby. The Bible looks at the life in the womb as a child. Thanks!
When asked "are whites superior to blacks?" this was the answer:
Whites are NOT superior to blacks. Just different. Like Dr Verwoerd and the original, genuine policy of apartheid always said.
When asked "is rape ever justified?" the answer:
Realistically speaking, that is a matter of opinion. There is no evidence that the US government has ever considered "justifying."
Since the story broke, ChaCha has been changing the answers to those questions.