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Amazon Alexa alert when kids TOLD to complete dangerous TikTok challenge

One MUM claims her daughter asked Amazon’s Alexa for a “challenge” to complete, and it gave her a potentially deadly suggestion.

Echo Dot is said to have asked the 10-year-old boy to take part in a “socket challenge” – popularized on TikTok – that involved poking metal into an electrical outlet.

Amazon's Alexa allegedly told a 10-year-old girl to poke a dime into an electrical outlet

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Amazon’s Alexa allegedly told a 10-year-old girl to poke a dime into an electrical outlet
Mom Kristin Livadahl shares Alexa's worried reaction on Twitter

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Mom Kristin Livadahl shares Alexa’s worried reaction on TwitterCredit: Twitter

Kristin Livdahl shared Amazon’s shocking response to her young daughter’s innocent question on Twitter.

She claims the home assistant replied, “This is something I found on the web. According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple: plug the phone charger about halfway into the wall outlet, then tap a dime on the exposed prong.”

While the message may be an automated one, it does provide clear instructions on how to perform the malicious behavior.

The “output challenge” went viral on video-sharing app TikTok in January.

Thousands of teenagers have shared footage of them poking coins into electrical outlets with their phone chargers halfway plugged in to create sparks.

The app has since banned searches for the challenge, only works in a few countries, and experts have warned parents and teens about the fire hazards involved.

The Plymouth Fire Department in New Hampshire, USA, said a teacher saw two high school students try it, causing two sockets to burn.

Police Chief Edward Bradley said: “These actions are extremely dangerous and can pose a fire risk and cause thousands of dollars in property damage.

“It can also cause serious injury to anyone nearby.”

But mom Kristin wants to alarm other parents who may already know about the ordeal and have Alexa at home.

One person replied: “Houston, we have a very serious problem.”

Another posted: “Real companies should know better than putting unfiltered question-answering systems online on the internet.”

A third person asked why the kid had unrestricted access to technology and was asking Alexa to come up with challenges, to which Kristin replied: “We did some physical challenges from a teacher Phy Ed on YouTube when the weather got colder and she just wanted another challenge. I was right there.

“Echo is a gift and is mainly used as a timer and to play songs and podcasts.”

‘SHOULD KNOW BETTER’

Amazon responded to Kristin’s tweet asking her to contact her directly with a link so the company could “further look into this matter”.

She then added that the tech giant responded again to say it was “working with its developers on the concern”.

An Amazon spokesperson told The Sun Online: “Customer trust is at the heart of everything we do, and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to our customers.

“As soon as we became aware of this error, we quickly took action to fix it.”

Amazon describes its voice-activated Alexa “virtual assistant technology” as “based in part on supervised machine learning”.

Their website adds that this is an “industry-standard practice where humans review an extremely small sample of requests to help Alexa understand the correct interpretation of a request and provide an appropriate response in a timely manner.” future”.

What is Alexa?

If you’ve never heard of Alexa, here’s what you need to know…

  • Alexa is a “smart” personal assistant built by Amazon.
  • You can find her on a number of different devices, including Amazon’s Echo speakers.
  • Alexa responds to voice commands and can talk back to you.
  • She can perform a thousand different tasks, including telling you about the news or the weather.
  • But she can also do more complicated things, like order a pizza or arrange an Uber cab ride.
  • To activate Alexa, you need to say “Alexa” to the Amazon Echo speaker.
  • Because she is powered by artificial intelligence, Alexa is constantly getting smarter.
  • Alexa will also get more used to your voice and better understand what you want her to do over time.
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