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Siri, Why Do You Think John Travolta Is Dead?

Siri has a lot of answers, but you can't always believe them.

Apple's virtual assistant was caught this week spreading the fake news that actor John Travolta has died, according to Business Insider. Users in the UK, Poland, and Australia who asked Siri how old the actor is received a surprising response: "John Travolta died 3 January 2009 at age 54."

In reality, John Travolta did not die at the age of 54. He's still alive and kicking at 63 years old.

"It looks like the error was caused by Siri misreading news reports of the death of Travolta's son Jett, who did die on January 3, 2009," Business Insider reported. The news outlet contacted Apple about the issue and the Cupertino tech giant promised to fix it.


Here at PCMag's US offices, Siri gave us the correct response: the actor is 63 years old, indicating that the Cupertino tech giant has already fixed the problem.

Meanwhile, this isn't the first time Siri has spread misinformation. According to CNET, the digital assistant was recently telling people that the national anthem of Bulgaria was the Justin Bieber-backed hit "Despacito."

And to be fair, Siri isn't the only imperfect virtual assistant out there. Earlier this year, Google Home was telling people Barack Obama might "be in bed with the communist Chinese" and "may in fact be planning a communist coup d'état at the end of his term in 2016."

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