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Amazon working on a fix for Alexa speakers that laugh at random

Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices, which all work with the company’s voice-assistant Alexa, are shown during an event announcing several new Amazon products in Seattle on Sept. 27 2017. (Associated Press)
Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices, which all work with the company’s voice-assistant Alexa, are shown during an event announcing several new Amazon products in Seattle on Sept. 27 2017. (Associated Press)

Is Alexa laughing at you?

In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon.com’s Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random. Some people have said the laughter happened in response to unrelated commands, while others reported that it occurred unprompted.

It’s unclear what is causing the bug, but Alexa is indeed programmed to laugh if specifically asked to do so.

“We’re aware of this and working to fix it,” an Amazon representative said.

The Seattle-based company didn’t say when the fix would be deployed. Amazon can push updates to the voice service automatically.