For another user, Alexa reportedly began ticking off the names of local funeral homes and cemeteries, which is downright horrifying. As expected, many who encountered the issue swiftly shut off their Alexa-connected devices and hid them away.
Naturally, this got people wondering if Amazon had any clue what the hell was going on. And while the company was mum on the issue for a bit, it's since copped to the glitch being an issue, and says it's working on a fix. "We’re aware of this and working to fix it," a spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.
Then again, who's to say Alexa itself wasn't the one that drafted such a statement?
UPDATE 3/8, 10:30am: In an email to Thrillist, an Amazon spokesperson explained how they intend to fix the problem:
"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase “Alexa, laugh.” We are changing that phrase to be “Alexa, can you laugh?” which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance “Alexa, laugh.” We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to “Sure, I can laugh” followed by laughter."