Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter. Amazon responded to the creepiness in a statement to The Verge, saying, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”
As noted in media reports and a trending Twitter moment, Alexa laughs without being prompted to wake. People on Twitter and Reddit reported that they thought it was an actual person laughing near them, which can be scary when you’re home alone. Many responded to the cackling sounds by unplugging their Alexa-enabled devices.
It’s so far unclear what’s causing Alexa to laugh, but Gizmodo reports it seems like a technical issue (rather than, we suppose, the beginnings of a robot uprising). While some people say Alexa is laughing without their prompting and without making a chiming noise first like she would typically do if activated, others say the personal assistant has laughed while being asked to turn off lights or turn itself off or when its physical volume buttons are pressed. For anyone interested in hearing Alexa’s laugh for themselves, she will giggle when asked.
Twitter user @CaptHandlebar was one of the first to report experiencing this back on February 22nd.