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Amazon's Alexa Challenges 10-Year-Old Girl to Touch Live Plug With a Penny

Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant has been updated after it challenged a 10-year-old girl to touch a live plug with a penny.

The 10-year-old had reportedly asked the device for a “challenge to do,” according to the girl’s mother, Kristin Livdahl.

“Plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs,” the smart device said.

“We were doing some physical challenges, like laying down and rolling over holding a shoe on your foot, from a [physical education] teacher on YouTube earlier. Bad weather outside. She just wanted another one,” the upset mother tweeted.

The potentially deadly “Penny Challenge” had circulated on TikTok about a year ago, according to a report from The BBC.

Luckily, Livdahl tweeted that she had began shouting “No, Alexa, No!” and that her daughter was “too smart” to do something like that.

“It was a good moment to go through internet safety and not trusting things you read without research and verification again. We thought the cesspool of YouTube was what we needed to worry about at this age—with limited internet and social media access—but not the only thing,” Livdahl tweeted.

Amazon told the BBC in a statement that it had updated Alexa to prevent the dangerous challenge being suggested in other homes.

“Customer trust is at the centre of everything we do and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to customers,” said Amazon in a statement.

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

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6 responses to “Amazon’s Alexa Challenges 10-Year-Old Girl to Touch Live Plug With a Penny”

  1. CrispyUndies says:

    Sounds like they just hit the lottery. I smell a settlement.

  2. Skynet0225 says:

    And I thought telling a kid to stick their tongue on a 9 Volt battery was mean! Alexa….you’re an evil bitch!

    Seriously people, Mark Twain had a lot of useful wisdom to impart about believing what was written newspaper 150 years ago. Technology may advance, but human nature remains immutable, so word to the wise, don’t believe the bullshit Alexa spews either. She’s nothing more than the 21st century version of a newspaper.

  3. RoadGlide16 says:

    Yeah, eventually, the Internet will probably be the death of us all. If you stop to consider it, just about all the challenges that have risen up over the last 10 years can be traced back to the Internet.

  4. IntegratedCrazy says:

    Sounds like amazon is weeding out the dumb. I say let it.

  5. pandusa says:

    Amazon (Bezos)-“Customer trust is the centre of everything we do here and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to customers. Just like we do at The Washington Post”. I am sure it was: an error, a miscommunication, an oversight..
    Parents if you think this is bad…wait until Pinhead… I mean Zuckerburg get you kids head in HIS box.( Cenobites- Hellraiser)-“You opened the box… and we came”.
    I am reminded of another old movie back in the 90s “Brainscan” . But back then…it was only a movie.

  6. Wolv256 says:

    Does Joe Biden own an Alexa? Could be a good Christmas present.