Videos showing Google Home users asking “Who is Jesus?” went viral last week when the smart speaker couldn’t provide an answer but did have a response for Buddha, Muhammad, and even Satan. On Friday, Google issued a statement explaining why its smart devices would no longer be answering questions about any religious figure. “The reason the Google Assistant didn’t respond with information about ‘Who is Jesus’ or ‘Who is Jesus Christ’ wasn’t out of disrespect but instead to ensure respect,” a Google spokesperson said on Twitter.
“Some of the Assistant’s spoken responses come from the web, and for certain topics, this content can be more vulnerable to vandalism and spam. If our systems detect such circumstances, the Assistant might not reply,” the statement continued. Google says this would be the case for any other religious figure as well if vulnerabilities were detected with the answer. CONTINUE