A 10-year-old girl was “challenged” by Amazon to touch a penny to the prongs of a half-inserted plug with a coin. Amazon has now made changes to its Alexa voice assistant.

The penny challenge
The penny challenge

Girl: I’d like to do this challenge, but I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?

Connect the phone charger about halfway into the wall outlet, then touch the penny to the prongs. The smart speaker told you how to do this.

There was a mistake that Amazon said it fixed right away, as soon as the company learned about it.

Kristin Livdahl, the girl’s mother, wrote about the accident on Twitter.

“She said:” “When we were in the gym this morning, we did physical challenges, like lying down and rolling over with a shoe on your foot, from a physical education teacher who was on YouTube. Bad weather. Just because she wanted another one, she did not want to give up.”

Echo suggested that we take part in a challenge that it had “found on the web” when we were in the store.

About a year ago, TikTok and other social media sites started to spread a dangerous activity called “the penny challenge.” It’s not safe to do this.

People who put metals into live electrical sockets can get electric shocks, start a fire, and do other things that can be dangerous.

Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa

A manager at a fire station in Carlisle told a newspaper in Yorkshire in 2020: “I know that fingers and hands and arms can get cut off. I’ve seen it happen.”

In the end, “someone will get very hurt.”

People in the US who work for fire departments have also said they don’t like the idea of the “challenge.”

Tweeted by Ms. Livdahl, she said: “No, Alexa, no! You can’t do that!”

However, her daughter was “too smart” to do something like that, she said.

Amazon told the Handydroid in a statement that it had made changes to Alexa to stop the assistant from recommending this kind of thing in the future.

“Customer trust is at the heart of everything we do, and Alexa is built to give customers accurate, relevant, and helpful information.” “We quickly took care of this mistake when we learned about it.”