SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon has asked its employees to remove the Chinese-owned TikTok video application from their cell phones, citing “security risks,” according to an email sent on Friday.
In the email, which was obtained by the New York Times, Amazon officials said that employees should remove the app from all devices that “access Amazon email.” Employees had to remove the app on Friday before they could get mobile access to their Amazon email, the note said. Amazon employees are still allowed to view TikTok from their laptop browsers, the company added.
Amazon and TikTok did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
TikTok, which has been popular with young audiences in the United States, belongs to the Chinese tech company ByteDance. He was examined in Washington for security reasons because of his property. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the Trump administration was considering blocking certain Chinese apps, which it called a threat to national security.
Late Monday, TikTok also announced its withdrawal from stores in Hong Kong, where a new national security law for China has been enacted. The company said it would make it unusable for users within a few days. TikTok also said leaders outside of China are calling for shots on key aspects of its business, including data rules.