Everybody knows Siri and how fun it can be to talk to her. However, there are certain commands that should be used carefully, as they might have serious implications involving law enforcement agencies. A new social trend of telling Siri ‘108’ is one of those commands that should not be used whenever you feel like, and law officials explain why you shouldn’t.
This social trend is rapidly becoming viral and it might turn out into something dangerous. ‘108’ is the Indian equivalent of the American 911. Apple wanted to make it easier for their users to call for an emergency service. Thus, saying ‘108’ would make Siri call the emergency services in the country you are in.
The dangerous trend is gaining popularity
A craze started in the United States where people are having fun with this serious situation. They are telling Siri ‘108’ either as a prank, or to see if she can actually redirect you to a 911 call. There is no need to mention that the authorities have to struggle with this huge inconvenience and are not happy at all. This is why they want to stop the avalanche of fake 911 calls.
Some law officials in Harris County, Texas tried to make their announcement reach as many people as possible. Thus, resorted to posting on Facebook and asking people to stop. Their post sounds like this.
“The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, along with Texas NENA, are encouraging iPhone users NOT to test the ‘108’ command. This viral prank is becoming increasingly popular on social media, with various speculations as to what the command does. The command, in fact, will instruct Siri to call emergency services, which could potentially tie up emergency lines. In case of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.”
Such prank calls can put people in danger
If such calls continue, the emergency officials will no longer be able to distinguish between real emergencies and prank calls. Also, some people who actually need help might find the lines busy because of these fake calls.
Law officers also warn people that such prank calls can be considered criminal offenses. They not only put other people in danger by keeping the lines busy, they also take some risks themselves. Thus, Americans are warned not to fall for this prank and not tell Siri ‘108’, as it might have dangerous repercussions.
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