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Amazon's 'frequently bought together' section suggests materials to build a bomb

Amazon's 'frequently bought together' section suggests materials to build a bomb”

Amazon's algorithm to suggest similar purchases has been found to offer shoppers bomb-making ingredients when purchasing single chemicals.

The broadcaster also said it was able to create a "shopping basket" on Amazon with up to 45 kilograms of ingredients for black powder (also known as gunpowder) even though current United Kingdom rules limit an individual to only purchase 100 grams of black powder for private use without storage.

Steel push button switches and battery connectors, as well as ball bearings - which can be used as shrapnel in explosives - were also suggested items to be bought with chemical ingredients. Whilst numerous ingredients are innocent on their own, together they can be used to create explosives or devices.

Incredibly "recipes" for explosive black powder and thermite are grouped together under the "frequently bought together" heading during searches for other common chemicals.

Extremely concerning items such as ignition systems and remote detonators were also readily available, and were frequently offered as part of the "Customers Also Bought" suggestions.

Channel 4 investigators were able to show that it was possible to create an Amazon shopping basket of up to 45kg of ingredients needed to create the deadly explosives.

There have reportedly been various successful prosecutions of individuals buying these items together, despite their purchase being perfectly legal individually.

Metro.co.uk have reached out to Amazon for a comment on the investigation.

An Amazon spokesman said: "All products sold on Amazon must adhere to our selling guidelines and we only sell products that comply with United Kingdom laws". It added that it will work closely with authorities, should they need assistance during investigations.



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