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Is Santa real? A version of Alexa skirts some kid questions

2 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 22 2018 Aug 22, 2018 August 22, 2018 5:40 AM August 22, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A version of Alexa won't tell kids where babies come from or spill the beans about Santa.

It also won't explain some things kids might have heard on the news - like what Stormy Daniels does for a living. Amazon updated its voice assistant with a feature that can make Alexa more kid-friendly.

When the FreeTime feature is activated, Alexa answers certain questions differently. Asked where babies come from, for example, the kid version tells youngsters to ask a grown-up.

Amazon says it worked with child psychologists for some of Alexa's answers, and that the voice assistant is "always getting smarter" with updated answers. Groups including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood have warned parents that the kid-friendly voice assistant puts children's privacy at risk and limits interactions with people.

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