Over the past couple days, a report came in from Bleeping Computer about child in the US who asked Alexa on the family’s Amazon Echo for a challenge to do, which is a new thing that is trending on TikTok. The child asked Alexa for a challenge and it suggested that they touch a penny to the exposed prongs of a phone charger plugged into the wall.
OMFG My 10 year old just asked Alexa on our Echo for a challenge and this is what she said. pic.twitter.com/HgGgrLbdS8
— Kristin Livdahl (@klivdahl) December 26, 2021
This, obviously would not have ended well and Alexa grabbed the data from a website from an article online which collates dangerous challenges. Amazon provided a statement to the BBC who said they were aware of the issue and it has since been fixed.