Incident 55: Alexa Plays Pornography Instead of Kids Song

Description: An Amazon Echo Dot using the Amazon Alex software started to play pornographic results when a child asked it to play a song.


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Alleged: Amazon developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Children.

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Sean McGregor

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Full Description

An Amazon Echo Dot using the Amazon Alex software started to play pornographic results when a child asked it to play a song. The child said "Alexa, play Tigger Tigger" and Alexa responded with “You want to hear a station for porn chick amateur girl sexy" and began to make other pornographic references until the parents turned off the Dot.

Short Description

An Amazon Echo Dot using the Amazon Alex software started to play pornographic results when a child asked it to play a song.



AI System Description

The Amazon Alexa personal assistant listens to voice commands, and either provides information or takes action (e.g. playing a song, turning on lights).

System Developer


Sector of Deployment

Information and communication

Relevant AI functions

Perception, Cognition, Action

AI Techniques

voice recognition, natural language processing

AI Applications

AI personal assistant

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Technology Purveyor


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Lives Lost


Data Inputs

Voice commands

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Harm Distribution Basis


Sector of Deployment

Arts, entertainment and recreation, information and communication

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