Apple’s Siri Suggested’ Safari search results-pushed conspiracy, fake news

Apple’s Safari turned up links to many conspiracy theories and false news, according to a new report.


Facebook is not the only tech company accused of enabling fake news and conspiracy theories.

Apple’s Safari, one of the world’s most widely used web browsers, is the produce of many conspiracies and incorrect information through the “Siri” recommended Websites” feature, BuzzFeed News reports.

Until Monday, if you have typed Pizzagate in Safari, the browser “Siri Suggested web Site” display a YouTube video with the title of “PIZZAGATE, the BIGGEST SCANDAL EVER!!!” by conspiracy theorist David Seaman.

As BuzzFeed notes, the video does not play because YouTube deleted Sailor channel for violating the terms of service.


When confronted by BuzzFeed, Apple removed all examples from the Siri recommended websites that are loaded with conspiracies and fake news.

“Siri suggested Sites come from content on the web and we offer curation to help prevent inappropriate sites. We also remove any inappropriate suggestions when we become aware of them, as we have with this, ” Apple said in a statement to BuzzFeed. “We will continue to work to provide high-quality results and users can e-mail the results from your inappropriate”


Search for “the Holocaust never happened” result is a link to a Holocaust denier page on the website according to BuzzFeed.

The browser also reportedly surfaced of bizarre plots on a range of science-related topics.

When the news site, search terms entered, which could suggest controversial and conspiratorial topics, Safari’s algorithms directed BuzzFeed to YouTube conspiracy videos and low-quality sites—in place of accurate information, or sites that debunk false news.

According to BuzzFeed, the poor results via Siri suggestions may arise from a lack of data if certain conditions are not “natural informative results,” so that the manipulators and disinformation agents can step in with fake sites.

Fox News has reached Apple with a request to comment on this story.

Other tech giants are also in the spotlight for the treatment of the controversial and offensive content. Facebook, along with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has been slammed for failing to remove Holocaust denial pages from its network fast enough, or, in some cases, at all.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering technology and science for He can be reached at Follow him on @christocarbone.

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