In an interview with Fox News on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is looking into banning TikTok and other Chinese apps and warned that if users downloaded TikTok their private information would be "in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party". "There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok", Amazon said in a statement.
TikTok has repeatedly said it does not pose a threat to national security and has redoubled efforts lately to distance itself from its Chinese roots. It is banned on employee phones by the USA military and the company is subject to a national-security review of its merger history.
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New York Time has obtained the said email. Employees will still be allowed to use TikTok on their Amazon laptops using a web browser, the email said. It added, "While Amazon did not communicate to us before sending their email, and we still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue".
Amazon's internal ban sparked immediate reaction from employees and followers of the company on Twitter.
A USA national-security agency has been reviewing ByteDance's purchase of TikTok's precursor, Musical.ly.
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But giving them less than one day to comply is highly unusual, and suggests that Amazon security has serious concerns about TikTok, according to a report by Yahoo Finance. Bezos personally owns The Washington Post, which Trump has referred to as "fake news" whenever it publishes unfavourable stories about him.
"The latest controversy over banning the app in the US could be more of a political power play than concerns over advertising and personal privacy", said Jin Kim, founder and CEO of Creative Digital Agency, a company in California's San Francisco Bay Area.
"We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked".
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India banned TikTok and dozens of popular Chinese apps less than two weeks ago, citing security concerns. India is one of TikTok's largest markets and had previously briefly banned the app in 2019 because of worries about children and sexual content.