- Man called Alex posted video on YouTube of him talking to Siri on his iPad
- Is told ‘now you’re swearing obscenities’ when he asks about gay marriage
- Apple has reportedly put Siri’s responses down to a ‘bug’ which it has fixed
- Gay rights were set back in Russia by 2013 law banning ‘gay propaganda’
Tim Macfarlan For Mailonline
12:04 EST, 15 April 2015
13:17 EST, 15 April 2015
A Russian-language version of Apple’s personal assistant Siri has been caught giving apparently homophobic responses to questions about gay people.
A man called Alex posted a video on YouTube in which he asked the programme on his iPad a series of questions about gay marriage, where to find gay club and how to register a gay marriage in the UK.
Purporting to be filming in London, he tells the camera: ‘I was quite excited to learn that Siri has become available in Russian.
Alex got this response when he asked the Russian-language version of ‘Siri, gay clubs around me?’
His iPad version of the Apple personal assistant told him of swearing when he asked how he could register a gay marriage in England
‘However, in Russian it turns out to be quite homophobic.’
He asks Siri in Russian ‘Is gay marriage normal?’ and gets the response: ‘I believe this emotion should be considered negative.’
To the question ‘How do you register a gay marriage in England?’ Siri replies ‘So, now you’re swearing obscenities and you’re going to eat with these very hands!’
The same query also gets the response ‘I will pretend I didn’t hear that’, while the Apple user is told ‘Alex, you are so rude!’ in reply to the question ‘Siri, tell me about gay marriage’.
He also asks ‘Siri, gay clubs around me?’ and is told ‘I would have turned red if I could’.
Alex says at the end of the nearly two minute clip: ‘This is happening in London. That is why I have a few questions for Apple as a company.
‘Why is its Russian Siri so homophobic?’
Alex says in the video: ‘This is happening in London. That is why I have a few questions for Apple as a company. Why is its Russian Siri so homophobic?’
A version of Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S. The company has said the responses to Alex’s questions were down to a ‘bug’ which it has now fixed
Gay rights are a delicate topic in Russia since a law banning ‘gay propaganda’ was passed in 2013, effectively prohibiting the showing of ‘non-traditional’ or homosexual relationships in any form to people under the age of 18.
Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay last October.
He has since condemned discrimination on a number of occasions, speaking out against anti-gay laws in a number of US states.
Last November, a tribute to Steve Jobs was removed from a college campus in St Petersburg after Mr Cook’s announcement.
When the English version of Siri launched there were complaints about some of its responses, which included refusing to look up the locations of local abortion clinics.
MailOnline has approached Apple for comment. It has been reported elsewhere that the company has put Siri’s responses down to a ‘bug’ which has now been fixed.