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Amazon bans TikTok from employee devices with access to company emails citing 'security risks'

As the US wrestles with the notion to ban TikTok, Amazon has made its own decision and will no longer allow staff to access the popular video sharing app on their devices.

A memo surfaced online that requests 'all staff' remove the app from mobile devices with access to Amazon emails by July 10.

The e-commerce giant cites 'security risks' as the reason for the ban, but notes staff can continue to use TikTok from their Amazon laptop browser. 

A TikTok spokesperson told DailyMail.com in an email: 'User security is of the utmost importance to TikTok – we are fully committed to respecting the privacy of our users.' 

'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.' 

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A memo has surfaced online that requests 'all staff' remove the app from mobile devices with access to Amazon emails by July 10. The e-commerce giant cites 'security risks' as the reason for the ban, but notes staff can continue to use TikTok from their Amazon laptop browser

 'We're proud that tens of millions of Americans turn to TikTok for entertainment, inspiration, and connection, including many of the Amazon employees and contractors who have been on the frontlines of this pandemic.' 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Amazon for comment and has yet to receive a response.  

The note is said to have been sent to all of Amazon's staff, which must delete the app by Friday in order to continue access to their emails. 

TikTok allows its users to publish short-form mobile videos and showcase their creativity to the app's 800 million members.

The note is said to have been sent to all of Amazon's staff, which must delete the app by Friday in order to continue access to their emails

However, the Chinese firm has come under fire as being a threat to national security in the US and other countries around the world.

Last month, India banned the app following a deadly border conflict between the country and China, which resulted in 20 Indian soldiers losing their lives during hand-to-hand combat.

This is not the first time that TikTok has been banned in India.

It was banned briefly last year after concerns were raised about the app being used to distribute pornography.

The ban was lifted after a few weeks, but reinstated June 29. 

The news comes just four days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was 'looking into' banning TikTok because it poses a threat to national security.

Pompeo told Fox News' Laura Ingram Monday that he and President Trump are taking claims that the app collects users' cellphone data and then shares the information directly with Beijing 'very seriously'.

'With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right,' Pompeo said. 'I don't want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it's something we're looking at.'

TikTok allows its users to publish short-form mobile videos and showcase their creativity to the app's 800 million members. The news comes just four days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was 'looking into' banning TikTok because it poses a threat to national security

The top Washington diplomat added that Americans should only download the app 'if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.'

Other than bans looming over TikTok, the app experienced a worldwide outage Thursday that affected tens of thousands of users.

Around 2pm ET, reports surfaced that all video likes had mysteriously reset to zero – sending users into a frenzy.

However, some had raised concerns that TikTok may have completely shut down, as there has been rumors in the past that it would one day come to an end amid increased governmental scrutiny.

The issues were eventually resolved later that evening.

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