Companies and organizations are slowly proceeding to instruct employees to delete the TikTok app from their phones. Recently Amazon directed its employees to uninstall TikTok app from the company devices. However, the conglomerate giant took off the request back later on the same day, long after it raised a hue and cry, and the company became the center of increasing paranoia about the TikTok app.
The video streaming platform TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has of late become a primary concern because of data security concerns and more so, because of it being a Chinese company. China has a not so good history of being rampant with information and with all types of information practice. With Amazon taking the lead, other companies are also expected to follow suit.
Amazon officials stated that because of security issues, they were directed to remove the TikTok app from any devices that have access to Amazon emails. A statement by company spokeswoman Kristin Brown later stated, ‘There is no change to our policies right now concerning TikTok.’ TikTok has stepped into trouble with US and Indian governments already, and the direction by Amazon added fuel to the controversy. TikTok was among the 59 Chinese apps which were banned by India last month, which also included applications Helo and Vigo Video and two other apps by Bytedance. Following the app ban by India, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that White House too on its part is considering banning the TikTok app.
Bytedance, on its part, is slowly distancing itself from China. According to reports, ByteDance is pulling out of Hong Kong after it recently came under a new national security law issued by the Chinese government. “In the follow-up to recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong’, a TikTok spokesperson stated.
TikTok is a popular video-sharing social media platform launched by Beijing based company ByteDance in the year 2012. The platform is used to make short dance, lip-sync, comedy talent videos of 3-60 seconds by users, who then share them for their followers. TikTok was first launched for the Chinese market and later launched in iOS and Android in the year 2017 for markets outside China. By 2019, TikTok became the 7th-most-downloaded application of the decade, from 2010 to 2019. It was also the popular and most downloaded app on the App Store in the year 2018 and 2019.