Siri heckles United Kingdom defense secretary as he speaks to Parliament

Siri Steals The Show In The Commons, 'Heckling' Tory Minister Gavin Williamson

Siri Steals The Show In The Commons, 'Heckling' Tory Minister Gavin Williamson

Whether it's Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, it isn't rare for our personal assistants to pipe-up randomly when they think they've heard their name called.

Addressing an unusually quiet House of Commons on matters relating to Islamic State operations in Syria, Gavin Williams, Britain's secretary of defence, was heckled by his own iPhone.

The Cabinet minister fumbled to find his phone while Siri, speaking in what is thought to be a first from the despatch box, said: "I found something on the web for Syrian democratic forces supported by".

The speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, then interrupted the unlikely exchange, announcing to the house that this was "a rum business". According to the news service, the defence secretary said he didn't usually carry his phone during confidential parliamentary meetings, and that his Siri does not pose a security risk.


If you're now anxious that the iPhone will interrupt you while speaking publicly, you can head to Settings Siri & Search and turn off "Listen for Hey Siri".

Siri will pop up when you're just trying to unlock your phone and its inoffensive, emotionless tone can be infuriating when you're already worked up.

Have you had any embarrassing moments with Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant?

Seconds earlier, Williamson mentioned "Syrian democratic forces, supported by coalition air power", which likely triggered Siri's search function.

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