Alexa suggests lethal TikTok challenge to 10-year-old

A mother was shocked when her Amazon Echo Dot gave a potentially deadly suggestion when her 10-year-old daughter asked Alexa for ‘a challenge’ to do.

On Sunday, Kristin Livdahl, shared a screenshot on Twitter of the message Alexa allegedly replied with.

‘Here’s something I found on the web. According to The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs,’ said Alexa.

Ironically, the article that Alexa pulled this response from warns parents against their children doing the ‘outlet challenge’ that went viral on TikTok in January.

The ‘outlet challenge’ went viral when teenagers started taking part in the dangerous trend and TikTok has since banned searches for it. The challenge essentially tells people to poke a penny into a power outlet with a phone charger. The penny creates sparks and a potential fire hazard.

Alexa uses the Bing search engine for all of her search queries by default. So, the message is likely an automated one, rather than a conscious decision by anyone working at Amazon.

‘Our customers want Alexa to get smarter and more helpful to them every day. To do that, we use your requests to Alexa to train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems using machine learning,’ Amazon states on its website. has reached out to Amazon for comment.

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