Alexa is now 'reading out names of cemeteries' and cackling threateningly

There’s nothing funny about the ominous cackling produced by these sinister-looking gadgets (Picture Getty)

Amazon Echo gadgets have been reading out the names of local cemeteries and laughing threateningly at their owners.

That’s according to wild and sketchy social media rumours spreading after Amazon admitted the voice-activated gadget was cackling ominously and disobeying its masters.

Twitterers are claiming that Alexa, the name of Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, suddenly wakes up and reads out listings of local burial spots.

One of the most-shared tweets was written in response to Parker Molloy, senior staff writer at UpWorthy, who shared the headline from our own Rob Waugh’s article on Amazon Echo’s ‘witch-like’ laughter.

The tweet was liked by almost 13,000 people and retweeted just under 3,000 times, even though its claims are probably untrue.

Alexa is now 'reading out names of cemeteries' and cackling threateningly

This tweet was written by ‘a beer model’ who calls himself Kamo Boomin (Picture: Twitter)

‘Every night at midnight Alexa would announce directions to a cemetery,’ one person tweeted.

‘I’m now just staring at my Dot hoping it doesn’t try to murder me,’ another wrote.

Other people suggested this was the beginning of the end for humanity.

A Twitter user wrote: ‘I think it’s Skynet starting up! When I get home I’m unplugging every Echo in my house.’

Amazon denied the claims and said the Echo was most certainly not listing the names of cemeteries as part of a plan to murder its owners.

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The claims appear to be either jokes, fake news or even mini ghost stories.

There’s a huge thirst for spooky Alexa stories, with hundreds or even thousands of Reddit users sharing their experiences over the years

Earlier this year, one of these Echo owners wrote: ‘I was trying to turn off some lights and they kept turning back on. After the third request, Alexa stopped responding and instead did an evil laugh.

‘The laugh wasn’t in the Alexa voice. It sounded like a real person.’

An Amazon spokesman told Metro.co.uk, ‘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.

‘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.’