Amazon reviews website as reports find bomb-making ingredients

Amazon reviews website as reports find bomb-making ingredients

Seattle, Washington: The E-commerce giant on Wednesday said it was reviewing its website after a probe found that there are ingredients available on the website, which help to make a bomb using its “Frequently bought together” and “Customers who bought this also bought” features.

Britain’s Channel 4 News found the online retailer’s algorithm was suggesting items that could be bought together to produce explosives on Monday, days after an apparently home-made bomb was detonated on the London Underground network, reports HT.

However, the chemicals present on the website are legal to purchase, and were included in “Frequently bought together” section, the broadcaster said.

Ingredients, such as ball bearings, ignition systems, and remote detonators, were available on the site, and some of them were suggested on the same page as the chemicals, the channel said.
“All products sold on Amazon must adhere to our selling guidelines and we only sell products that comply with UK laws,” the company said in a statement.

“In light of recent events, we are reviewing our website to ensure that all these products are presented in an appropriate manner,” it added.

The company said it would take help from police and law enforcement agencies when circumstances arise where we can assist their investigations.

The explosion of what appeared to be a home-made bomb on a London Underground train on Friday injured 30 people. The pictures showed the device was kept in a plastic bucket which engulfed the railway carriage in flames, and it appeared, that it was not completely exploded.