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Amazon says it's aware that some Echo devices are creepily laughing at people and it's working on a fix

Rachel Sandler , Business Insider US
 Mar 08, 2018, 08:11 AM

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
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  • Users on social media noticed that Amazon Echo devices have been randomly laughing at people.
  • Amazon confirmed that the company is aware of the problem and is working to fix it.
  • This is actually quite terrifying.

Amazon confirmed on Wednesday that some of its Echo smart speakers are having random, and creepy, fits of laughter.

"We’re aware of this and working to fix it," Amazon told Business Insider in a statement. 

The company did not provide any further details, including whether it has any insight into what is causing the Echo devices to laugh spontaneously.

Over the past two days, users on social media noticed the popular device was randomly emitting terrifying and unprompted laughter. This was happening even without instructing Alexa, the voice assistant that's built-into the Echo, to wake up. One user on Twitter ordered his Alexa to turn his lights off and instead heard a woman laugh. Others reported hearing the laughter when they were home alone in the dark. 

Amazon's official acknowledgement of the laughing Echo problem was first reported by The Verge

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