A series of videos distributed through social media seem to show how Apple’s Siri assistant Kamala Harris falsely declared Harris to be the U.S. President, sparking speculation that a high-level conspiracy was hatched to give her control of the White House.
The footage posted on Twitter by a number of iPhone users allegedly shows how the virtual assistant makes the mistake of asking the question “How old is the president?
In a video provided by Malachi O’Brien, senior pastor of the Church of Pleasant Ridge in Harrisonville, Missouri, Siri seems to reply: “Kamala Harris was born 56 years ago, on Tuesday, October 20, 1964.” The video is said to have been made available to the public.
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Hey Siri… …how old is the president?
Siri- @KamalaHarris is 56 years old
– Malachi (@malachiobria) November 9, 2020
In response to O’Brien’s post, several other Twitter accounts also shared footage of the alleged phenomenon.
“Here is mine. It’s real,” the Twitter user @CharlieFCastle described a video that seemed to mirror O’Brien’s video.
Here is mine. It is real pic.twitter.com/cOZCsY0xC6
– C-Low (@CharlieFCastle) November 9, 2020
Others have published screenshots that highlight the same alleged bug.
“More evidence, with exactly this thread in the background,” the Twitter user @scottonjesus described such a picture.
More evidence, with exactly this thread in the background. pic.twitter.com/YSoSPb5ttO
– Scott (@scottonjesus) November 9, 2020
While much of the content appeared to be shared by accounts with a conservative background, San Francisco-based ABC7 investigative reporter Dan Noyes also turned to Twitter to post a screenshot of the alleged bug.
“Ask Siri: “How old is the president?” And she replies: “Kamala is 56″. How did this happen?!”, he wrote in a caption to the picture.
Ask Siri: âHow old is the president?â And she answers: âKamala is 56.â How did this happen?! pic.twitter.com/b6fvWyUp4s
– Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) November 9, 2020
Washington Newsday was unable to verify the content, which meanwhile led to a series of comments citing the alleged error as evidence of a political “conspiracy”.
“Apple knows something and it has been leaked,” wrote the Twitter user @ModernSculpting.
Washington Newsday contacted Apple for a comment.
Harris has represented California in the Senate since 2017 and is the first woman, a woman of color, to be elected vice president.
She swept to victory over the weekend when Joe Biden’s vice candidate, after days of counting after the November 3 election, confirmed the couple’s victory over incumbent President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence.
Biden will now remain president-elect until January 20, when he will be inaugurated as the nation’s 46th leader.
Trump, for his part, has refused to admit defeat after the election, and there is growing concern that he may limit cooperation and make the normally respectable transition process between White House administrations a chaotic affair.
During Sunday’s election campaign, Biden urged the United States General Services Administration (GSA) to agree to an official transfer of power, although Trump refused to admit defeat.
The president-elect’s campaign warned that national security and economic stability depended on a clear signal that Trump’s White House would work for a “smooth and peaceful transfer of power.
But GSA administrator Emily Murphy, who was appointed to office by Trump in 2017, has not yet determined that “a winner is clear,” the Reuters news agency quoted a spokeswoman as saying.
Murphy’s attitude effectively delays the Biden team’s access to millions of dollars in federal funding and the ability to meet with officials from intelligence agencies and other departments.