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London, Sept 21: Amazon.com on Wednesday said it’s reviewing its website after a British television report claimed the online retail giant’s algorithms were suggesting bomb-making items to customers. According to the Channel 4 News, items suggested by Amazon.com under “Frequently bought together” and “Customers who bought this also bought” features could be used to make explosives.
“Ingredients for black powder and thermite are grouped together under a “Frequently bought together” section on listings for specific chemicals,” found the British broadcaster. Material like ball bearings, ignition systems and remote detonators that could be used in the bomb-making process were available under “Customers who bought this item also bought” category of Amazon.com.
Following the report, Amazon issued a statement saying all products available on its website ‘must adhere to our selling guidelines and comply with UK laws’. “In light of recent events, we are reviewing our website to ensure that all these products are presented in an appropriate manner,” the statement continued. “We also continue to work closely with police and law enforcement agencies when circumstances arise where we can assist their investigations.”
The report assumes significance as it came days after an apparently home-made bomb was detonated on the London Underground network. At least 30 people were injured when an improvised explosive device camouflaged inside a paint bucket partially detonated on a London Underground train at Parsons Green station on Friday.