Fruity themed cargo cult Apple has issued a fatwah on words which might anger the Christian right.
Apple’s autocorrect is purged from words such as “abortion”, “virginity”, “rape”, “bullet” and “ammo”. If you misspell any one of these words on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running the latest iOS operating system, Apple refuses to suggest the correct word.
According to the Daily Beast, a test for different misspellings for roughly 250,000 words showed strange bias from Apple.
“For example, if a user types ‘abortiom’ with an ‘m’ instead of an ‘n’, the software won’t suggest a correction, as it would with nearly 150,000 other words,” the Daily Beast wrote.
It caused problems in the US where Apple fanboys are allowed to be reporters and found that they could not write stories about abortion clinics because Apple would not let them spell it correctly.
At the same time, Apple is tightening up its list of non-words. Some autocorrects were accurately corrected under older versions of iOS.
Jillian York, the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was not surprised at all, dubbing Apple one of the most censorious companies.
Apple refused to take part in the Global Network Initiative, a nonprofit partnership between tech giants, and a number of human-rights groups and other organisations advocating for free expression online.