SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned TikTok video app from their phones, citing “security risks”. This emerges from an email sent by the company on Friday.
In the email received from the New York Times, Amazon employees said that employees must delete the app from all devices that “access Amazon email”. Employees had to remove the app by Friday to continue to have mobile access to their Amazon emails. Amazon employees can continue to view TikTok from their laptop browser, the company added.
TikTok, which is popular with young viewers in the United States, is owned by the Chinese technology company ByteDance. It was inspected in Washington for security reasons because of its ownership. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the Trump administration was considering blocking some Chinese apps, which he described as a threat to national security.
Late Monday, TikTok also said it would withdraw from business in Hong Kong, where a new national security law from China was passed. The company said it would disable users there within a few days. TikTok also said that managers outside of China have a critical impact on important aspects of its business, including the rules for data.
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