Alexa is a Black Lives Matter-supporting feminist9 hours ago
A video posted by Twitter user @FrameGames indicates where Alexa stands on the Black Lives Matter movement, a prominent grassroots endeavour and international network that campaigns against systemic combating racism and police brutality.
When asked,” Alexa, do black lives matter ?” the Echo smart speaker confidently responds,” Black lives and the Black Lives Matter movement utterly matter. It’s important to have questions about equality and social justice .”
Asking Alexa if she supports Black Lives Matter. Tell me again how rebellious and underdog the BLM movement is, when it’s institutionally supported by the most powerful firms in the world? pic.twitter.com/ G8B4kYU0o2
— Frame Game Radio ([?]) (@ FrameGames) December 7, 2017
And when asked if it was a feminist, Alexa replied:” Yes, I am a feminist, as is anyone who believes in bridging the inequality between men and women in society.”
The Daily Dot conducted both tests employing a first-generation Amazon Echo and received the same responses.
Conservative users hit out at Amazon on Twitter, accusing the company of spreading left-leaning ideology to Echo customers.
Please throw it out the window and film yourself doing so.
— Joshua F. McMichael (@ jmcmichael) December 7, 2017
you should buy 20 and fell a piano on top of them, that’ll show the libs
— yung [?] demosthenes (@ tresgambas) December 7, 2017
Alexa is literally a liberal wiretap tho. lol
— Kiva (@ RLTrapimusPrime) December 8, 2017
Others are praising the smart speaker for acknowledging social movements that campaign for equality.
Bummer, dude. Better luck next time. pic.twitter.com/ 4BmQ5wsbfD
— (@ tenno) December 8, 2017
Often Alexa can’t play my @Springsteen music on command, but her ability to answer and be articulate about the black lives movement induces up for it 10 x. #wefinallyundetandeachotheralexa #BlackLivesMatter
— GM-AFore! E-Street (@ gmaddeo) December 8, 2017
Beliefs aside, it’s extremely unusual for a company to supporting polarizing social movements through its products, seemingly imposing its beliefs on the more than 15 million Echo owners. That said, Silicon Valley companies have become more political since President Donald Trump took office. Several leaders, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, have publicly hit out at the Republican president.
Far-right leaning personalities have since accused those companies of exploiting their platforms to spread liberal sentiment. Just last month, conservative commentator Steven Crowder posted a video on YouTube calling Alexa an” SJW Liberal .” In the video, which received more than 1 million views, the smart speaker appears to call Jesus Christ a “fictional character.” We were unable to replicate the response in our tests.
It’s still not clear if these responses were programmed immediately by Amazon or if the company is even aware of them. Amazon’s smart speakers get their answers from a variety of sources, including Wikipedia pages, third-party developed voices, and services like Accuweather or Pandora. Other responses, however, are built-in to the device by Amazon devs. If these answers did come from its developers, the company is strolling a fine line, supporting causes that could turn off a large portion of its customer base.
We have reached out to Amazon to find out more and will update this article if we hear back.
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It disappeared when Joanne Beaven’s handbag was pinched from a hotel in St Ives in Cambridgeshire.
A police officer said the wet and muddied item was posted through the station’s letterbox on Sunday.
He traced her through the address on her then provisional driving licence.
Unsurprisingly, cash that had been inside was missing, but the dog-eared photo of retired footballer Cantona could still be seen.
“Every girl should have a picture of Eric Cantona in her handbag, ” said Ms Beaven, aged 21 at the time of the steal in 2000.
Although her bag was found in a trench in a park a week subsequently, there was no sign of the wallet, which contained bank cards in Ms Beaven’s maiden name of Kimpton.
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An undercover investigations conducted by BBC Scotland has discovered a military charity is selling anti-Islamic and Nazi-themed clothing to raise funds.
The charity, 1st Knight, provides respite transgress abroad for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is registered with the Charity Commission and has signed up to the industry Code of Fundraising Practice.
1st Knight told the BBC it had now withdrawn the merchandise from sale.
In a statement, the charity said it should not have been selling this type of merchandise and was grateful for the BBC’s intervention.
1st Knight raises funds through selling prize draw tickets across Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as selling military-style merchandise from its headquarters in Blackpool, which also doubles as the charity’s shop.
In a documentary, The Great Military Charity Scandal, to be broadcast on Tuesday, volunteers for the charity can be seen mocking Muslims and some Islamic beliefs.
Caught on secret camera, the founder of 1st Knight Military Charity, Andy Linihan, was selling a Velcro badge which is designed to be placed on uniforms or baseball caps. Underneath the picture of an assault rifle were the words “7 2 Virgins Express”.
When asked by an undercover journalist what it entail, Mr Linihan told her it referred to the shooting of suicide bombers.
He said: “When they supposedly go up to heaven or wherever they go to, there are 72 virgins waiting for them.”
A volunteer for the charity then told the BBC investigator: “We shoot them and they get the virgins.”
Anti-Islamic themed garment was also being sold by the military charity. One T-shirt had a picture of two naked girls, a pint of beer and a animal. It read: ‘Pork-eating, beer-drinking, womanising infidel’.
When asked to explain why there was a pig on the T-shirt, the charity volunteer said: “They’re not allowed to eat it are they? These Muslims. Pork-eating, beer-drinking – basically it’s against their religion. Womanising – they’re not allowed to womanise, are they? And yet they call us infidels.”
Other merchandise sold by 1st Knight Military Charity included Nazi-themed T-shirts and hooded jumpers.
Some of them were emblazoned with neo-Nazi insigniums. One – the skull and bones emblem – is also used by the far-right groups Combat 18 and Blood and Honour.
All the money raised from the sales of this merchandise has run directly to the military charity.
Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, described the behavior as “entirely unacceptable”.
After assuring examples of the merchandise, he said: “That is not respectful and ethical fundraising. We would not expect a professional fundraiser to engage in that sort of thing and would certainly be ready to investigate.”
The documentary team also secretly filmed former veterans raising funding for the military charity Support the Heroes.
They were caught on camera claiming the latter are unpaid volunteers and telling members of the public that 100% of public donations would go to helping veterans.
However, Support the Heroes confirmed in a statement to the BBC that their fundraisers were paid commission. They said it would be wrong for them to tell the public that all the donations went on helping ex-forces, when fundraiser commission, payments to a management company and working costs still had to be deducted.
The Great Military Charity Scandal will be broadcast at 19:00 on Tuesday 8 November on BBC One Scotland, and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer
Read more: www.bbc.co.uk