On Friday Amazon employees were greeted with an unusual requirement, via email, the company asked them to remove TikTok from their cell phones. The alleged reason? To avoid security problems.
A few hours later, Amazon unbanned the TikTok video-sharing app from employee mobile devices, calling the move a mistake.
It is noteworthy that the decision was taken in the same week when the United States government admitted it intended to ban the service.
Blind, an anonymous community of 3.6MM+ verified professionals (and 65,000 Amazon employees within the community) ran a survey gauging how Amazon employees felt about the ban. Here are some key learnings from 348 Amazon employees:
Were you told to delete TikTok from your phone?
65% of Amazon employees answered “yes”
Will you delete TikTok from your phone?
Less than ⅓ of Amazon employees answered “yes”
Do you agree that there are “security risks” to Amazon if you were to keep TikTok on your phone?
63% of Amazon employees agree that there are “security risks”
Last month, TikTok was included in a list of 59 Chinese apps banned by India: officially, the country believes that these apps are being used as spying tools by the Chinese government. The United States government has expressed similar concerns.