"Who is Jesus?" Google Home temporarily disabling some responses for religious figures

(FOX 17 News)

Google Home is temporarily disabling certain responses for religious figures after a Brentwood resident said that the smart technology "didn't know who Jesus is."

A Google spokesperson reached out to FOX 17 News after a story aired Thursday reporting David Sams said Google Home knew who he was, but didn't know who Jesus was.

"The reason the Google Assistant didn’t respond with information about “Who is Jesus” or “Who is Jesus Christ” wasn’t out of disrespect but instead to ensure respect. Some of the Assistant’s spoken responses come from the web, and for certain topics, this content can be more vulnerable to vandalism and spam. If our systems detect such circumstances, the Assistant might not reply. If similar vulnerabilities were detected for other questions -- including those about other religious leaders -- the Assistant also wouldn’t respond. We're exploring different solutions and temporarily disabling these responses for religious figures on the Assistant.” - Google Spokesperson

Now, the spokesperson said the company is exploring different solutions and temporarily responses for religious figures.

Smart speakers are a technology owned by about 40 million Americans -- that's about one in six people in the nation.

And this religious conversation at home is making waves on social media.

Comments, videos and test results posted asking "Who is Jesus?" The general response from Google Home was "I'm not sure how to help you with that."

Google Home refers to Jesus Christ when asking about the Last Supper and even Saint Peter. And there's plenty of information on the prophet Muhammed, Buddha -- even Satan.

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