Over the last few days, owners of Alexa-enabled devices have been reporting strange, unprompted laughter from Amazon’s popular voice assistant.
The creepy laughter has been trending on Twitter and users have been uploading videos to social media, prompting a response from Amazon who told The Verge, ‘they were aware of the issue and working to fix it ASAP’.
According to The Verge:
Amazon said its planned fix will involve disabling the phrase, â€œAlexa, laugh,â€ and changing the command to â€œAlexa, can you laugh?â€ The company says the latter phrase is â€œless likely to have false positives,â€ or in other words the Alexa software is likely to mistake common words and phrases that sound similar to the one that makes Alexa start laughing. â€œWe are also changing Alexaâ€™s response from simply laughter to â€˜Sure, I can laugh,â€™ followed by laughter,â€ an Amazon spokesperson said.