About five hours after an internal email was sent to Amazon employees on Friday asking them to delete the popular TikTok video app from their phones, the online retail giant appeared to be withdrawing, calling the ban one Error.
"This morning's email to some of our employees was incorrectly sent," Amazon emailed the reporters shortly before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. "There are currently no changes to our policies regarding TikTok."
Company spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions that caused the confusing turnaround or mistake.
The memo appeared online the previous Friday and asked all employees to remove the app from mobile devices with access to Amazon emails by July 10.
The e-commerce giant cited "security risks" as the reason for the ban, but notes that employees can still use TikTok through their Amazon laptop browser.
A TikTok spokesman told DailyMail.com in an email: "User security is of paramount importance to TikTok. We are fully committed to respecting the privacy of our users."
"Although Amazon didn’t let us know before sending the email and we still don’t understand your concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues and let your team continue to join our community."
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A memo has surfaced online asking "all employees" to remove the app from mobile devices with access to Amazon emails by July 10. The e-commerce giant cites "security risks" as the reason for the ban, but notes that employees can continue to use TikTok from their Amazon laptop browser
"We are proud that tens of millions of Americans are turning to TikTok for entertainment, inspiration and connectivity, including many of the Amazon employees and contractors who have been at the forefront of this pandemic."
DailyMail.com has asked Amazon for a comment and has not yet received a response.
The note is said to have been sent to all Amazon employees who must delete the app by Friday in order to continue to be able to access their emails.
With TikTok, users can publish short mobile videos and present their creativity to the 800 million members of the app.
The note is said to have been sent to all Amazon employees who must delete the app by Friday in order to continue to be able to access their emails
However, the Chinese company has come under fire as a threat to national security in the United States and other countries around the world.
Last month, India banned the app after a deadly border conflict between the country and China, in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in hand-to-hand combat.
This is not the first time that TikTok has been banned in India.
It was briefly banned last year after concerns were raised about the pornography distribution app.
The ban was lifted after a few weeks, but reintroduced on June 29.
The news comes just four days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is "testing" the TikTok ban because it poses a threat to national security.
Pompeo told Fox News & # 39; Laura Ingram Monday that he and President Trump claim that the app collects users' cell phone data and then "seriously" shares the information directly with Beijing.
The comments were made by Pompeo when asked if the US should consider banning Chinese social media apps, particularly TikTok.
"Regarding Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you that the US will do them right," said Pompeo. "I don't want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but we'll look at that."
With TikTok, users can publish short mobile videos and present their creativity to the 800 million members of the app. The news comes just four days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is "considering" the ban on TikTok, which poses a threat to national security
The top Washington diplomat added that Americans should only download the app "if you want your private information to be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."
Aside from bans on TikTok, the app crashed worldwide on Thursday, affecting tens of thousands of users.
At around 2 p.m. ET reports emerged that all video likes had been mysteriously reset to zero, causing users to rage.
However, some had expressed concerns that TikTok may have been closed completely due to rumors in the past that it would one day end under increased government control.
The problems were finally resolved later in the evening.