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A dangerous TikTok challenge was quickly shut down by Amazon before it could lead to serious injuries or death.

According to the BBC, Amazon was made aware of the penny challenge on TikTok after its smart home device, Alexa, allegedly instructed a 10-year-old girl to perform the dangerous stunt.

On December 28, Alexa challenged the girl to "Plugin a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs."

The parents of the girl came forward and reported the dangerous instruction to Amazon after the girl nearly burned their house down.

Amazon acted quickly to delete the information from Alexa's memory banks.
 
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The BBC reports Amazon issued a statement admitting an "error" caused Alexa to find the dangerous challenge online and pass it on to the child. The company said Alexa will not repeat that mistake in the future.

"Customer trust is at the centre of everything we do and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to customers. As soon as we became aware of this error, we took swift action to fix it."

The penny challenge first became popular in 2019 on YouTube and eventually made its way to TikTok in 2020.

The New York Post spoke to Massachusetts Fire Marshall Peter J. Ostroskey who said the penny challenge can cause "sparks, electrical system damage, and in some cases fire."

He advised "local news outlets, school officials, and parent organizations" to "not only look for signs of fire play like scorched outlets but to have conversations about fire and electrical safety with tweens and teenagers."

Children who are fixated on starting fires are severely emotionally disturbed and should be seen by a mental health professional as soon as possible.

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LG, makers of flat screen televisions and other electronics, has developed a high tech mask that moves air in and out more efficiently than a cloth mask.

The death toll for the coronavirus is well below 1% in the United States. Despite this, millions of Americans are required to wear face masks or face coverings.

For many Americans, face masks are not an option due to health, personal and political reasons. In lieu of wearing masks, they wash their hands and avoid touching their faces.

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The battery-operated LG PuriCare mask debuted at a consumer electronics trade show in Berlin last week. The air purifier mask has built-in fans and replaceable H13 HEPA filters.

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A respiratory sensor detects how much air the wearer inhales and exhales and adjusts the fans accordingly.

The air purifier mask is large and bulky and the air intake fans may be annoying for autists who are noise intolerant.

LG Electronics doesn't make any claims that the mask will block the virus 100%. The Covid-19 viral particles are extremely tiny and can easily pass through disposable face masks and ventilator masks.

The air purifier mask simply makes breathing easier for those who feel safer wearing a mask but have difficulty breathing through disposable masks.

The LG PuriCare masks are not available to consumers yet. LG must secure regulatory approval from many governments before the masks go to market.

LG recently donated 2,000 units to a hospital in Seoul, Korea.
 

 

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