Amazon has clarified that the company is not prohibiting its employees from using TikTok on their work phones or any device that has access to Amazon email. This comes hours after an internal email made headlines which made it mandatory for Amazon employees to delete TikTok from their devices by July 10.
In an official statement to The New York Times, Amazon said, “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.”
Earlier, Amazon employees had received an email asking them to delete TikTok from their smartphones. Amazon did not provide any specific reasons for the move. The company had just cited security risks of having TikTok installed on phones for employees who also access Amazon email on the same phone.
Here is the full text of the internal mail that Amazon had sent to enforce the ban on TikTok. This mail was sent by Amazon’s IT team.
Subject: Action required: Mandatory removal of TikTok by 10-Jul
Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email. If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email. At this time, using TikTok from your Amazon laptop browser is allowed.
To learn more, review the policy for mobile device usage at Amazon.
In response to this internal email by Amazon, TikTok in an official statement to Reuters said, “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.”