Many users have awakened today with the big surprise that their Amazon Alexa-powered devices were silent. Amazon’s popular smart voice assistant was silent and not responding to some requests. According to the reports, Alexa is refusing to work. When you ask a question, the blue light ring on the Echo speakers are showing that the question is registered. However, shortly thereafter the ring glows red and Alexa remains silent.
Usually, the red rings light up to indicate that the speaker microphone is muted. Now, however, this does not seem to be the case with those who reported the error. For now, the problem is affecting Alexa users in Germany. However, some reports indicate that there are users in the entire world suffering from the same issue.
Alexa is down this morning. Amazon needs to say something! #alexa
— David Tabizel (@Tabizel) January 21, 2022
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Amazon Alexa told a child to do a potentially lethal challenge
A curious case involving Alexa emerged a couple of weeks ago. Amazon’s voice assistant has given dangerous instructions to a kid when she asked for a challenge. Alexa replied with the following instructions:
“Here’s something I found on the web. According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple. Plug a phone charger halfway into an outlet, then tap a coin to the exposed pins.”
This challenge/prank has been shared on social media through 2020. During these times, many people took to social media to advise kids and their parents about the risks involving this challenge. In addition to the risk of fire, the action could bring harm to one’s health, loss of fingers, hand, or even the entire arm.
The children’s mom, Livdahl, said, however, that his daughter refused to comply with the instructions. The case became popular, and Amazon issued an update to fix the dangerous behavior.