Update: Siri now sends rape queries to RAINN

Sometime yesterday, while this article was in the process of blowing up, Apple updated Siri’s response to some of the queries I referenced, doing just what I’d guessed they’d do: sending them to RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline. It’s a good change, and I’m glad they made it.

I just want it to stop making jokes when users ask for help.

So yeah, I’m really glad Apple fixed this one problem with Siri. But the underlying issue remains: an industry so fixated on a shallow definition of delight that it prioritizes “fun” over usefulness, and ultimately fails people when they need it most.

Tech + UX + feminism + racial justice. Coach, strategist, author, speaker. Founder of Active Voice. She/her. More: sarawb.com + activevoicehq.com.

Tech + UX + feminism + racial justice. Coach, strategist, author, speaker. Founder of Active Voice. She/her. More: sarawb.com + activevoicehq.com.