Amazon employees who on Friday morning were told to delete TikTok from their phones received the directive by mistake, the company told The Post.
The e-commerce juggernaut’s IT department had sent out an email to workers saying that “if you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email.”
But by Friday afternoon that had been called off.
“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.”
The original memo had cited “security risks” associated with the app’s Chinese-owned parent company.
TikTok has been under scrutiny in recent days as accusations that the data it collects could be shared with the Chinese government have grown.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that the US is “certainly looking” at banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps due to security concerns.
“I don’t want to get out in front of [President Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News on Monday. “We are taking this very seriously.”
US lawmakers have voiced national security concerns over the short-form video app’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party,” Reuters reported.
India on Tuesday banned TikTok amid a military standoff with China.