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08th Mar 2018

Amazon Alexa is scaring people with ‘very loud and creepy’ laughs for no reason

Keeley Ryan

We definitely won’t be sleeping tonight.

Amazon have said that they are “working to fix” a glitch in Alexa devices after social media users said it started laughing randomly.

The housing voice assistant is designed to respond to commands when the user says a wake word, like Amazon or Alexa.

But according to social media reports, people have started hearing strange and unprompted laughter from their devices.

Some people have even begun to record the laugher and shared it only. We’re not sure if it’s to share the creepiness/prove it did happen, or simply to terrify us all.

Some people took to social media to claim that the laughter happened when they asked Alexa to play music or turn off the lights.

One person claimed that they would have preferred the laughter to what their Alexa did: listing off cemeteries nearby.

Others said that it happened totally out of the blue – which, to us, is even more terrifying.

And then there was the guy who tried to get Alexa to answer just why she was laughing at people. Even that didn’t quite work.

But there’s apparently an innocent explanation for it all – so the end may not be here just yet.

An Amazon spokesperson told the Daily Mail:

“We’re aware of this and working to fix it.

“In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh’.

“We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance ‘Alexa, laugh’.

“We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘Sure, I can laugh’ followed by laughter.”