The multinational technology company, Amazon on Friday, asked its employees to uninstall social video app TikTok from any mobile devices they use to access their work email while citing security concerns.
“Due to security risk, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email,” the company said in the note.
The move comes amid a broader backlash against the video sharing app. The note further said for the time being employees can still access TikTok via the browser on their work laptops.
“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,” TikTok said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Amazon representative was not immediately available for comment, reports said.
Broad concerns about Chinese government influence on ByteDance(Chinese tech firm) have periodically given way weeks to more specific security concerns raised around TikTok.
A new privacy feature in the next version of Apple’s iOS recently revealed that TikTok, alongside a number of other apps, was accessing material users had copied to their device clipboards without their knowledge or consent. TikTok said it would halt the practice.
Cybersecurity researchers in the past had also found flaws in TikTok that hackers could exploit to steal user private data. TikTok has said it has fixed such holes that were discovered by the experts.