The Evening Standard

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

July 11, 2020

Amazon has said it mistakenly sent an email to employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones. The firm had told workers the China-owned service was a "security risk", according to one Amazon employee who is not authorised to speak publicly. In an emailed statement, TikTok said that Amazon did not notify it before sending the email, and said it "did not understand their concerns", adding that the company would welcome a dialogue to address Amazon's issues. TikTok has faced concerns ranging from censorship of videos, including those critical of the Chinese government, the threat of sharing user data with Chinese officials to violating children's privacy.

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