Even robots can be homophobic


Hundreds of thousands of automated robocalls in Australia are lying to people in a wake of same-sex marriage postal vote in the country. So far the ‘No’ campaign has employed a string of tactics to distract from the issue, linking same-sex marriage to ‘radical gay sex education’ and saying that it would allow transgender people to marry, even though nobody forbids them to do it now. The US-style robocalls adopt the premise of an ‘impartial’ poll, before the automated recording recites a statement claiming that “legalising same-sex marriage may lead to negative consequences such as radical gay sex education being taught in school, threats to freedom of speech and freedom of religion”. It also asks participants how they feel about whether “denying some people the option to marry is discriminatory and creates a second class of citizens”. But it is unclear whether it is a real polling or just a test.The company’s website says it is a “leading provider of political intelligence for campaigns from President to Governor and U.S. Senate to Mayor and City Council in all 50 states”, offering “cutting edge intelligence to help our clients win.”


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