Amazon.com bans TikTok from employees’ mobiles over ‘security risk’

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Amazon.com has urged its employees to uninstall the popular short-video sharing app TikTok from their devices over “security risks.”

According to an email seen by news agency Reuters, the announcement asks Amazon employees to remove the app from their devices through which they access Amazon email. The reason behind the call, as Amazon said was:

“Due to security risk, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email. If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email. At this time, using TikTok from your Amazon laptop browser is allowed,” the internal directive read.

TikTok, in recent days, has come under the fire of the Boycott China movement in India, leading the app banned in its largest, along with dozens of other apps of Chinese origin. Chinese apps at large are facing scrutiny in the international market as well. TikTok, which is not available in mainland China, but belongs to a Chinese company, has been accused of being Beijing’s tool, which the app’s American CEO has denied.

Amazon.com bans TikTok from employee’s mobiles citing ‘security risk’

Amazon’s move comes at a time when the United States of America under the leadership of President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo is mulling to ban the app in the nation, following India’s footprint. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Secretary of States, Mike Pompeo told about the possible ban in an interview with Fox News.  

Upon request for comment from Reuters, TikTok said in a statement, they were not aware of Amazon’s decision, however, they are open to dialogue to address the reason for the move or issue whatsoever.

“[…] 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,” TikTok said in a statement.

Amazon did not comment on Reuter’s request. This move also comes when a host of Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat, Line, Helo, UCBrowser, Zoom has been banned from Indian Army soldiers’ mobile devices. The list also includes some Indian and international apps like POPXO, Reddit, Snapchat, DailyHunt, Facebook, Instagram among others.

In 2019, the United States Navy banned TikTok from mobile devices issued by the government over “cybersecurity threat,” according to reports.

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