Amazon told employees to delete TikTok from their phones — then walked back the policy and said it was an ‘error’

Amazon said an email instructing employees to delete TikTok from their phones was “sent in error” Friday, hours after the email was sent and widely reported by news outlets.

The company first told employees in an email on Friday that they must delete the TikTok app from phones they use to access their work email, citing “security risks.”


“Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email,” employees were told, according to a copy of the email tweeted by the New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz.

But after the email was reported, Amazon said in a statement to Business Insider that it was sent in error.

“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error. There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

A TikTok representative told Business Insider in a statement that the company did not receive any communication from Amazon.

“While Amazon did not communicate to us before sending their email, and we still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community,” the representative said.

TikTok’s data-collection practices have come under scrutiny because TikTok is owned by a Chinese company. However, experts told Business Insider that its practices largely mirrored those of popular US apps like Facebook.

The Trump administration has said it’s considering banning TikTok in the US because of its data collection and Chinese ownership — but it hasn’t clarified what such a ban would look like.

Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican who has hammered TikTok’s ties to China, retweeted an article about Amazon’s ban on Friday before it was walked back, adding, “Now the whole federal government should follow suit.”

New details of TikTok’s data-collection practices recently came to light thanks to a new feature in Apple’s iOS 14 that caught the app snooping on users’ clipboard data. TikTok has since said it disabled the feature.

7 Comments on this post.
  • jean Horen
    13 July 2020 at 4:22 pm
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    no litle mother fucker will touch historiacal monument no colord bunch of asshole ,or what fontdations of kind fuck them all

  • Nooneuknow
    13 July 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    You can bet your sweet A** that ANYTHING like this that comes out of China, et al, has a nefarious purpose. I am certain that Tik Tok has an underlying political/military purpose! Xi Jinping is nothing more than a low-life, murdering, scumbag, communist dictator who can be compared to Josef Stalin. He will stop at NOTHING to make China the prime economic and military power on earth. And I mean NOTHING!!!

  • Donald King
    13 July 2020 at 4:44 pm
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  • jimtermini1
    13 July 2020 at 4:59 pm
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    Don’t trust companies that cannot discern or do not care about TikToc’s innate threat to privacy.

  • ian fleck
    14 July 2020 at 7:42 am
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    ban everything chinese fromm the usa they cant be trusted

  • arjay
    15 July 2020 at 3:47 pm
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    We suggest changing the name to the “Swamp Dwellers.”

  • florida bob
    15 July 2020 at 8:05 pm
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    It’s not the owners fault it is the pussy ass sponsors bowing down to “Criminal Black Lives Don’t Matter To Me” assholes. Lets boycott the sponsors. Get a list of all the companies that support them and send them emails !!!!!

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