Amazon reportedly told employees in an email on Friday that they must delete the TikTok app from phones they use to access their work email, citing « security risks. »
« Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email, » employees were told, according to a copy of the email tweeted by the New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz.
Employees were told they must delete TikTok from their work devices by Friday in order to keep accessing their Amazon email.
A TikTok representative told Business Insider in a statement that the company did not receive any notice from Amazon about the ban, adding that it values privacy and security.
« While Amazon did not communicate to us before sending their email, and we still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community, » the representative said.
TikTok also acknowledged the app’s use by Amazon employees and contractors who have worked through the COVID-19 pandemic.
« We’re proud that tens of millions of Americans turn to TikTok for entertainment, inspiration, and connection, including many of the Amazon employees and contractors who have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, » the representative said.
TikTok’s data-collection practices have come under scrutiny because TikTok is owned by a Chinese company. However, experts told Business Insider that its practices largely mirrored those of popular US apps like Facebook.
The Trump administration has said it’s considering banning TikTok in the US because of its data collection and Chinese ownership — but it hasn’t clarified what such a ban would look like.
Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican who has hammered TikTok’s ties to China, retweeted an article about Amazon’s ban on Friday, adding, « Now the whole federal government should follow suit. »
New details of TikTok’s data-collection practices recently came to light thanks to a new feature in Apple’s iOS 14 that caught the app snooping on users’ clipboard data. TikTok has since said it disabled the feature.
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