Amazon sent a jolt through the debate over the trustworthiness of TikTok on Friday. CNN’s Brian Fung and Zachary Cohen obtained a copy of an Amazon corporate memo telling employees to remove the TikTok social video app from any device that could access the company email system. The memo cited “security risks.” advertisement advertisement Then, Friday afternoon, an Amazon spokesperson told The Verge‘s Casey Newton that the memo was “sent in error.” A TikTok spokesperson responded to Fast Company by pointing to the Amazon statement. Whether Amazon meant to send the email or not, someone at the company still typed out a statement saying the company believes TikTok poses a security threat. And even the possibility that Amazon considered banning it for its workers is a new twist in an ongoing TikTok scare. A number of lawmakers have sounded off on the potential security threat of TikTok this year. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, which is said to have close ties to the Chinese government. The loudest and most persistent warnings have come from GOP lawmakers–hawks like Missouri Senator Josh Hawley and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, whose reasons may be more about politics than security. Any move by Amazon… Read full this story
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