In a statement, an Amazon spokesman said an email calling employees to immediately remove the TikTok short video app from their device was a mistake.
“Currently, there is no change in our policy regarding TikTok,” the spokesman said.
In an earlier email sent to employees on the morning of July 10, Amazon said that due to “security risks, the TikTok app is no longer allowed to be used on mobile devices that access Amazon’s email.”
Access to TikTok from the company’s laptops will still be allowed, email said. However, mobile devices will be blocked from Amazon email unless the application is deleted on July 10.
In an earlier statement on July 10, a TikTok spokesman said Amazon “did not contact us before sending their emails to employees and we still did not understand their concerns.”
“We welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and allow their employees to continue to participate in our community. We are proud that tens of millions of Americans turn to TikTok to entertain, inspire, and connect, including many of Amazon’s employees and contractors who are at the forefront of this pandemic, ”the spokesman said. by TikTok adds.
TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Amazon’s inversion.
Amazon’s initial announcement will represent the biggest company to warn TikTok employees of a possible security risk, following U.S. politicians’ claims that the app could weaken. national security when having relations with China. Cyber security experts are more cautious about that assessment.
TikTok is owned by the world’s most valuable startup, a Chinese company called ByteDance. But TikTok does not operate in China and operates as an independent subsidiary. TikTok tried hard to make that difference and pointed out that its servers are based in the US and do not obey Chinese law.
Other organizations have also moved to ban TikTok. The US military has asked its soldiers not to install the app, while some lawmakers, such as Senator Josh Hawley, have proposed banning TikTok from all U.S. government devices.