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July 10, 2020, 5:47 p.m. EDT

Amazon says email ordering staff to remove TikTok app from mobile devices was sent in error

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Amazon.com Inc. sent employees an email Friday morning mandating they remove the TikTok app from company mobile devices, but a spokesman later said that order had been sent in error.

In the now-retracted staff memo, Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -0.07% said that employees must delete TikTok if they are accessing their company email from their phones due to unspecified security concerns. The e-commerce giant had also said employees could still use TikTok from an Amazon laptop browser.

“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” an Amazon spokesman said late Friday. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.”

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com .

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