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Last Updated : Sep 21, 2017 03:25 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Amazon to review its website following reports that its algorithm suggests bomb-making

Through its “Frequently bought together” and “Customers who bought this also bought” features, the site was directing users to buy individually harmless materials that become potent when used together.

Amazon.com is reviewing its website after it was found that the website's algorithm may aid users to buy bomb-making materials. The e-commerce firm announced the review on Wednesday after a British channel reported the issue.

“In light of recent events, we are reviewing our website to ensure that all these products are presented in an appropriate manner… we also continue to work closely with police and law enforcement agencies when circumstances arise where we can assist their investigations” the company said in its statement.

Earlier, a ‘Channel 4’ report on Monday revealed that the algorithms in the site were directing people towards various bomb-making ingredients.

Through its “Frequently bought together” and “Customers who bought this also bought” features, the site was directing users to buy individually harmless materials that become potent when used together.

According to the reports, bomb-making materials like black powder, thermites, ball bearings, ignition systems and remote detonators are available on the site. And when any customer bought either of these products, they were directed to other products including chemicals that can be used to create bombs.

The news comes at a time when terrorist attacks carried by individuals using improvised devices are on the rise. These ‘lone wolf’ attackers often depend on creating bombs using readily available materials. The recent bomb attack inside the London Metro is believed to have been carried out using similar home-made device.
First Published on Sep 21, 2017 03:25 pm
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