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Amazon asked employees to remove the popular social video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices on Friday,.
“Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email,” the company saidFriday morning. “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.” The email was obtained and independently published by multiple reporters .
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TikTok was recently caughtwhen running in the background, potentially exposing passwords or other sensitive data. The behavior was revealed because of a new feature in iOS 14, and it’s unclear how long it had been present in the app. TikTok has since removed the feature, but the privacy scare underscored long-standing privacy concerns over the app, which is owned by the China-based Bytedance.
Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the Trump administration is “looking at” banning TikTok. It’s not entirely clear, and it has yet to act on Pompeo’s statement. Still, the confusion and have thrown the TikTok community into a state of confusion worrying about whether the app will be removed in the US.
Amazon and TikTok did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Verge.
TikTok sues Trump administration over ban in US .
In a lawsuit reportedly filed in federal court, the popular video app says Trump's order didn't provide evidence TikTok is an actual threat.The lawsuit was filed Monday in the US District Court for the Central District of California, according to the New York Times. In a blogpost, TikTok said Trump's order didn't follow due process or provide "evidence that TikTok was an actual threat." The executive order also failed to justify its "punitive actions," the company said.