Alexa's laugh is scaring people; Amazon investigates

Alexa Has Been Freaking Out Amazon Echo Users by Randomly Laughing at Them

Alexa will not have the last laugh - if Amazon has anything to do with it.

Users on social media are reporting that their Alexa is randomly laughing at them out of nowhere.

According to The Verge, Amazon says they are "aware of this and working to fix it".

Amazon went on to tell Buzzfeed that it is changing the "Alexa, laugh" command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" which is apparently less likely to have false positives. One Twitter user said their Amazon Echo suddenly began listing names of local funeral homes and cemeteries, also unprompted. The news arrives from the BBC following reports that Amazon Echo units have elicited an unsettling laugh in unexpected circumstances.

The way Amazon has approached the fix leads us to believe they think users are accidentally triggering the laugh command.

According to an Amazon spokesperson, several customers have been complaining about their Amazon Alexa laughing like insane even though nobody uttered a word in front of over.

Terms like "recently" or "lately" can also be used to summon tunes, while users can even request Alexa "play something I haven't heard in a while".

One Twitter user said, "So Alexa chose to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen".

I am not sure how comforting it is to know that Amazon was completely unaware of this problem until several people started tweeting their experiences and noting just how damn creepy it is. Alexa replied, "What do you mean?"

"We use it for the weather in the morning and we always just say goodnight", she says. This explanation is flimsy at best and doesn't explain the instances of Alexa laughing when people were in bed asleep, or not talking.

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