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Amazon’s algorithm makes dangerous suggestions – but could it be used to find terrorists?


Who knew Amazon’s “Frequently bought together” feature could be so risky?

The online marketplace is reviewing its algorithm after British media reported that searching for an item that can be used in bomb-making brought up recommendations for other ingredients.

The items are legal to purchase and were included in a “Frequently bought together” list of chemicals, while remote detonators, ball bearings and other bomb-making materials were suggested in a “Customers who bought this item also bought” section.

"Well, it's good to know that Amazon just wants to help," Kal Elsebai joked on Thursday's "The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson."

Doc Thompson wanted to know: Has the government been keeping an eye on everyone’s Amazon purchases to track down people making bombs – or do they just listen in on our phone calls?

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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