Alexa tells 10-year-old girl to touch a penny into plug socket

Alexa tells 10-year-old girl to touch a penny into plug socket
Alexa tells 10-year-old girl to touch a penny into plug socket. image: creative commons

Alexa tells a 10-year-old girl to touch a penny into a plug socket

The mother of a young girl in America has revealed how Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, instructed her 10-year-old daughter to do something which could have resulted in a nasty accident, or worse.

As Kristin Livdahl explained, the incident occurred when they had bad weather outside and decided to ask the Amazon Echo smart speaker to suggest a physical challenge the family could engage in to pass the time. Tweeting a screenshot from the activity log, Kristin showed Alexa’s reply.

When her 10-year-old daughter asked Alexa, the voice, citing a third-party website, told her, “The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs”.


Alexa had clearly been referring to last year’s ridiculous ‘penny challenge’ that became popular on sites like TikTok. Once it started spreading, firefighters had to issue warnings to people not to try this stupid challenge as one bad spark could cause damage to their electrical systems, or even start a fire.

Kristin promptly made a complaint to Amazon, who in a statement said, “Customer trust is at the centre of everything we do, and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to customers. As soon as we became aware of this error, we took swift action to fix it”, as reported by


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.


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