Alexa Users Report Creepy Laughter Coming From Device


Amazon users have reported disturbing instances of their Alexa device laughing at random times, reports The Hill.

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Multiple Alexa customers have uploaded videos of Alexa seemingly laughing at them. The news rapidly made the rounds on social media with many people discouraging others from keeping Alexa devices in their homes. On Wednesday, Amazon released the hereinafter public statement:

We’re aware of this and working to fix it. In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh.’ We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives. We are disabling the short utterance ‘Alexa, laugh.’ We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘Sure, I can laugh,’ followed by laughter.

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Despite the foregoing statement, many Alexa users remain skeptical. Some people have even unplugged their devices altogether. Readers of The Hill moreover vocalized their thoughts and concerns in the comments section of the report: