As first reported by The New York Times on Friday, Amazon asked employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, citing security risks. An Amazon spokesperson told The Verge on Friday that the email was “sent in error.”
“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” the Amazon spokesperson said. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.”
Meanwhile, Wells Fargo has banned TikTok from their employees’ phones, citing “concerns about TikTok’s privacy and security controls and practices.” Amazon’s original ban of TikTok also cited “security risks.”
In my opinion, company-issued devices should be locked down to prevent employees from being able to install any apps, except for those required for use by the company. This practice is no different from how many companies prevent employees from installing programs on their company-issued computers. This is a best practice guideline, and had the headline involved an app like Snapchat, there would have been nearly no press coverage.
But the part of the story that intrigues me was the timing of the two announcements, both Amazon’s mistaken ban and Wells Fargo’s real ban, were within hours of each other.