“My 10 year old just asked Alexa on our Echo for a challenge and this is what she said,” Livdahl tweeted
Livdahl shared an image of Alexa’s response after her child asked the device for a challenge.
“Here’s something I found on the web. According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs,” Alexa’s response read.
Users expressed their astonishment in the comments
“That’s shocking,” one user tweeted
“Omg that’s horrible,” another user tweeted
Amazon said they have since resolved the fault.
“Customer trust is at the center of everything we do and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to customers,” a spokesperson for Amazon told CNN in a statement.
“As soon as we became aware of this error, we quickly fixed it, and will continue to advance our systems to help prevent similar responses in the future,” the statement said.
The trend, known as the penny challenge, emergedon social media platforms such as TikTok
However, some users have warned against the potential dangers of the challenge.
“You may have heard of the TikTok experiment involving a cell phone charger, a coin and an outlet,” Captain Brian Tanner, of the Provo Fire Department in Utah, said in a video
posted in Jan. 2020from the organization’s account on TikTok.
“I’m telling you this is dangerous stuff, don’t do it,” Tanner added.