Amazon says employees are not forced to delete Ticktock, via email sent by mistake
The popular social media app Tiktok just can't stop. After relentless downloads from both India and the United States, the new York times now reports that Amazon is requiring all of its employees to delete Tiktok from all phones associated with their work emails on Amazon.
According to the report,:
In a letter obtained by the new York times, Amazon employees said that employees should remove the app from all devices that " have access to Amazon email."Employees had to delete the app by Friday so they could get mobile access to their email on Amazon," the note said. Amazon employees can still view Ticktock from their laptop browser, the company adds.
Amazon cites "security risks" to justify this decision, although no specific details about these risks are mentioned . Tik-Tok responds to this movement by saying::
Although Amazon didn't contact us before sending the email, and we still don't understand their concerns, we welcome the dialogue.
For some idea of the impact this has on Tictoc's user base, there are about 500,000 Amazon employees in the United States. This doesn't mean that every employee has (well, had) a Ticktock app on their phone, but it's still a good part of people.
Source: Andrew Martonic / Android Central
If you track last week's news headlines, you'll know that this isn't the first time a TICK has found itself in a hot spot. It all started on June 29, when India banned Tiktok and 58 other Chinese apps from the country, and the Indian government said that these apps "damage the sovereignty and integrity of India, the protection of India, the security of the state and public order.""
Amazon is not the first organization to oppose Tiktok, and it will not be the last.
On July 7, us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox news that the US government was also "considering" banning Tictoc in the country. Tensions between the US and China are high, and the recent attack on TIC is the latest result of this.
Tiktok has repeatedly stated that he respects the privacy of users and their data, but this has not helped him at all. We even started to see this concern trickle down to individual users when Fortnite streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins said that he had removed TikTok and was looking for a "less than obsessive company (Data farming)" app that does not belong to China."
This latest move by Amazon probably won't be the last in this ongoing feud between Tiktok and the US, so we'll need to keep an eye on what happens from here.
Amazon has contacted NBC news reporter Kevin Collier and says the email, although authentic, was sent in error. The edge also contacted and reported the same message.
No details yet.