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Alexa tells a girl to put a dime in an outlet for a “challenge”

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Amazon says it fixed an “error” with its virtual assistant Alexa after a 10-year-old girl was asked to put a dime in an electrical outlet as part of a “challenge.”

The “penny challenge” circulated on social networks and became popular on platforms like TikTok.

He sees people plugging electrical devices halfway into the outlet, then touching a penny or other metal object to the pins to receive a shock.

The girl’s mother, Kristin Livdahl wrote about the incident on Twitter, saying that she and her daughter had taken on challenges with a gym teacher on YouTube as the weather cooled, when her daughter thought about asking Alexa through the family’s Amazon Echo for another to do.

Alexa responded with a description of the “penny challenge,” according to a screenshot shared by Livdahl on Twitter.

“I was right there and I shouted, ‘No Alexa, no! “Like it’s a dog,” Livdahl tweeted. “My daughter says she’s too smart to do something like this anyway.”

In an emailed statement to on Tuesday, an Amazon spokesperson said, “Customer trust is at the center of everything we do and Alexa is designed to deliver accurate, relevant and useful information. to customers. As soon as we became aware of this error, we took swift action to correct it. “

The statement did not provide details of the changes that were implemented.

Participating in the “Penny Challenge” or putting any metal that can conduct electricity into a live outlet can seriously injure or shock someone or start a fire.

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