Ama­zon’s TikTok reversal

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Roughly five hours af­ter an in­ter­nal email went out Fri­day to Ama­zon em­ploy­ees telling them to delete the pop­u­lar video app TikTok from their phones, the on­line re­tail­ing gi­ant ap­peared to back­track, call­ing the ban a mis­take.

“This morn­ing’s email to some of our em­ploy­ees was sent in er­ror,” Ama­zon emailed re­porters just be­fore 5 p.m. East­ern time. “There is no change to our poli­cies right now with re­gard to TikTok.”

Com­pany spokes­woman Jaci Anderson de­clined to an­swer ques­tions about what caused the con­found­ing turn­around or er­ror.

The ini­tial in­ter­nal email, which was dis­sem­i­nated widely on­line, told em­ploy­ees to delete TikTok, an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar video app but also the fo­cus of in­ten­si­fy­ing na­tion­alse­cu­rity and geopo­lit­i­cal con­cerns be­cause of its Chi­nese own­er­ship. The email cited the app’s “se­cu­rity risks.”

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