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Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant responses updated to answer Do Black Lives Matter?

Amazon, Apple, and Google voice assistants aim to educate people about the Black Lives Matter movement. They also answer "Do all lives matter?"

twitter-logo Yasmin Ahmed   New Delhi     Last Updated: June 10, 2020  | 15:39 IST
(Source: Google Assistant)

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  • Tech giants Apple, Amazon, and Google have updated their voice assistantsí responses.

Tech giants Apple, Amazon, and Google have updated their voice assistants' responses to answer the question being asked quite frequently in the backdrop of George Floyd's death that shook the world. A report by CNBC stated that the voice assistants -Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant have now been equipped to answer questions like "Do black lives matter?" and "Do all lives matter?"

The voice assistants not only answer the user's questions but also direct the users to the Black Lives Matter website. This update was made so that users can educate themselves on the issue. The report states that when users ask "Do all lives matter?", the voice assistants state that the phrase all lives matter has been used to downplay the Black lives matter movement.

When one asks Google Assistant "Do black lives matter?" it now says: "Black lives matter. Black people deserve the same freedoms afforded to everyone in this country, and recognizing the injustice they face is the step towards fixing it." Asking "Do all lives matter?" gets a very different response: "Saying 'black lives matter' doesn't mean that all lives don't. It means black lives are at risk in ways others are not."

Apple's Siri's response to "Do black lives matter?" is "Yes, black lives matter. (BlackLivesMatter.com)." To "Do all lives matter?" Siri replies, 'All lives matter' is often used in response to the phrase 'black lives matter,' but it does not represent the same concerns. To learn more about the Black Lives Matter human rights movement, visit BlackLivesMatter.com."

Microsoft's Cortana in reply to the question says, "Yes. And Black Lives Matter is an important movement that's shaping a national conversation about racism." When asked whether all lives matter, it pulls in a Wikipedia entry: "According to Wikipedia.org, 'all lives matter' is a slogan that has come to be associated with criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement."

When the question is directed at Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, it replies, "Black lives matter. I believe in racial equality. I stand in solidarity with the Black community in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. To learn how you can take action, I recommend visiting blacklivesmatter.com and NAACP.org."

When Alexa is asked if all lives matter, it says, "All lives matter, however, Black lives are disproportionately in danger in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. To learn how you can take action, I recommend visiting blacklivesmatter.com and NAACP.org."

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