Apple deliberately programs its digital voice assistant Siri to avoid and deflect questions around sensitive issues such as feminism and the Me Too movement, leaked documents have revealed.

A series of internal memos show that the company has explicitly rewritten how Siri handles certain topics its users bring up, so that its voice assistant remains neutral and “guarded” around “potentially controversial content”. This means that Siri never says the word “feminism”, even if asked directly about the subject.

Siri is built into Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, Macs and the Apple Watch and is similar to Amazon’s Alexa.

The documents, leaked to The Guardian, show that when a user asks Siri if it is feminist, the voice assistant will now give a response such…