Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon’s Alexa offered a deadly challenge to a 10-year-old
Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) Smart voice assistant Alexa left the parents of a 10-year-old in shock after suggesting a dangerous challenge to the child.
What happened: Kristin Livdahl’s ten-year-old girl was offered a “simple challenge” by Alexa. The voice assistant told him to “plug a phone charger halfway into a wall outlet, then hit a dime on the exposed pins,” according to a tweet, first. Noted in Bleeping Computer.
OMFG My 10 year old daughter just asked Alexa for a challenge on our Echo and that’s what she said. pic.twitter.com/HgGgrLbdS8
– Kristin Livdahl (@klivdahl) December 26, 2021
Smart voice assistant users can ask Alexa to assign challenges to them like engaging them with simple verbal games.
In response to the incident, Amazon said, “As soon as we became aware of this error, we took swift action to correct it,” Bleeping Computer reported.
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Why is this important: Livdahl said she was in the room when Alexa issued the dangerous challenge to her daughter and shouted, “No, Alexa, no! like it’s a dog, ”Bleeping Computer reported.
In response to Livdahl’s tweet, another user of the social media platform Steven webster said he bought his 7-year-old an Amazon children’s subscription with a cute tiger speaker. The child asked Alexa to give her a fact about Santa Claus and she was told that Santa Claus is a myth in different countries.
I bought my 7 year old an Amazon Kids membership with this cute tiger. He loved it, played adventures and trained with animals all day. Then ask before bed: “Alexa, give me a fact about Santa Claus” and she starts telling her that Santa Claus is a myth in different countries. pic.twitter.com/mOqoychEi9
– Steven Webster (@stevenjwebster) December 28, 2021
Echo Dot (4th gen) Kids speaker mentioned by Webster apparently includes parental controls according to an Amazon SEO.
Children are increasingly a target audience for virtual assistants. In October, an audio content company created a download for Alexa that scans rooms for imaginary monsters, according to a statement.
Price action: Amazon shares on Tuesday closed nearly 0.6% at $ 3,413.22 in the regular session and rose nearly 0.3% in after-hours trading.
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