‘Alexa, buy politician X'? ROBOTS could soon be meddling in 2020 election as Amazon allows users to DONATE via voice assistant
Added 09-18-19 06:37:02pm EST - “On top of quietly recording every political argument in your home, Amazon's Alexa will now let users put their money where their mouth is, and wirelessly donate to their favorite 2020 candidate.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Alexa, buy politician X’? ROBOTS could soon be meddling in 2020 election as Amazon allows users to DONATE via voice assistant”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Announced on Wednesday, the new feature activates when a user says, “Alexa, donate to [candidate name].” Candidates signed up to the program will be able to receive donations of up to $200, starting next month, according to Amazon’s blog.
Though Alexa users can already donate to charity through their monitoring device - sorry, “virtual assistant” - the new foray into campaign financing is slightly more controversial. Some Twitter commenters joked that the devices might strategically “mishear” requests to donate to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
Donor: Alexa, send $100 to Donald J Trump for President.Alexa: Confirmed. Balance of checking account sent to Democrat National Committee.
Me: Alexa donate two hundred to BernieAlexa: Okay. Donating $50 to Biden, Warren, Mayor Pete, and Ms Healing Crystals
Likewise, some users considered the feature an astroturfer’s dream come true. By purchasing and configuring hundreds of Alexa devices with their own unique accounts and payment details, politicians could ensure that massive donations get disguised as “grassroots” contributions, a badge of honor boasted about by Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Donor: Alexa, send $100 to Donald J Trump for President.— EJ Rosenberg (@EJRosenberg) September 18, 2019
Alexa: Confirmed. Balance of checking account sent to Democrat National Committee.
Me: Alexa donate two hundred to Bernie— JeffM8 (@portraitdesign8) September 18, 2019
Alexa: Okay. Donating $50 to Biden, Warren, Mayor Pete, and Ms Healing Crystals
Amazon to Enable U.S. Campaign Contributions Via Alexa— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 18, 2019
"Alexa, buy politician X"
This is fantastic news for everyone that realizes that #Alexa doesn’t use voice recognition so you can go to your friend’s house and just make the donation for them.— Marty (@nebmuzik) September 18, 2019
May want to rethink this @Amazonpic.twitter.com/kgjsAP1hs1
Oh, can't wait for all the pay-to-play issues to come from this! "Someone was at my house and made my Alexa donate".— Harsh Khurana (@HarshKhuranaNY) September 18, 2019
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