TikTok under further global scrutiny, Amazon asks its employees to delete Chinese app

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Days after India banned Chinese-owned TikTok app, Amazon has asked its employees to delete the app from their cellphones, citing “security risks”, The New York Times reported.

According to a company email which was obtained by The New York Times, Amazon officials said that employees must delete the app from any devices that “access Amazon email.”

Employees had to remove the app by Friday to remain able to obtain mobile access to their Amazon email, the note said. Amazon workers are still allowed to view TikTok from their laptop browser, the company added.

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TikTok, which has been popular with young audiences in the United States, is owned by the Chinese tech company ByteDance. Since India banned the Chinese app, many have been asking for a ban on the video app TikTok.

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Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, said on Monday that the Trump administration was considering blocking some Chinese apps, which he has called a threat to national security.

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