Amazon Admits Alexa Has Been Creepily Laughing At People

The Verge

The earliest account I could find of Amazon's voice assistant Alexa laughing without cause was posted about a month ago in a Reddit thread containing "creepy Alexa stories".

In a statement provided to the Verge, a representative for Amazon said the company is "aware" of the problem and is "working to fix it".

Users on social media noticed that Amazon Echo devices have been randomly laughing at people. If you're already a subscriber, then all you would need to do is connect your Deezer account to your device and then say, "Alexa, play _ on Deezer".

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The Echo is alleged to be a time-saving device, with users able to give Alexa commands such as telling it to give them the current weather, play a song, or deliver the news.

Amazon's Alexa apparently thinks something is pretty amusing, but isn't letting anyone in on the joke.

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed reported that a number of people have had their Alexa speakers start laughing for no apparent reason.

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"I was trying to turn off some lights and they kept turning back on", Purplociraptor reported. My wife was there when it happened and she is the only person who can drop-in. Was he afraid? "There's a good chance I get murdered tonight", he added. It's also available in third-party Alexa speakers like the Sonos One, Ultimate Ears Blast and Ultimate Ears Megablast.

So Alexa made a decision to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen.

If you own an Amazon Echo, here's how to set up the Echo headlines on your voice-activated device.

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