By Staff Writer
Burger King was shutdown by Google for hijacking Google Assistant for Google Home
The Verge reported that just under three hours after Burger King unveiled a new advertisement designed to hijack
your Google Home to read a long-winded description of its Whopper burger, Google has disabled the functionality.
It seems to be the first time that technology has been manipulated in this way by a brand.
Before the ad was disabled, the Google Assistant would verbally read a list of ingredients from Wikipedia. Of course the Internet immediately took to Wikipedia to vandalize the burger’s entry page, with some edits claiming it contained “toenails” or “cyanide.”, according to ARS Technica.
Getting the Google Assistant to actually read one of these false edits was a tough task, since the Google Assistant gets its data from Google’s search index, rather than a live query of Wikipedia. Still, according to The Verge, there was actually a brief period when the Google Assistant would read a false edit.