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(.) – Amazon said Friday that an email it sent to employees urging them to remove TikTok from their phones was a mistake.

“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent by mistake,” said an Amazon spokesperson. “There are no changes to our policies at this time regarding TikTok.

The recognition comes hours after Amazon appeared to ban the application from employees’ phones, citing TikTok as a possible security risk.

In an email sent to employees Friday morning and obtained by ., Amazon said that due to “security risks, the TikTok app is no longer allowed on mobile devices that access Amazon email.”

Access to the TikTok from the company’s laptops was allowed, according to the email, but mobile devices will be cut off from Amazon email unless the app is removed.

In a statement, a TikTok spokesperson said Amazon “did not contact us before sending their email, and we still do not understand their concerns.”

“We welcome a dialogue so that we can address any issues they may have and allow their team to continue to participate in our community,” added the spokesperson.

“We are proud that tens of millions of Americans turn to TikTok for entertainment, inspiration and connection, including many of Amazon’s employees and contractors who have been at the forefront of this pandemic.”

The announcement constitutes the largest company to warn its TikTok employees of a possible security risk, after US politicians claimed the app could undermine national security due to its ties to China. Cybersecurity experts have been more cautious about that assessment.

TikTok is owned by the world’s most valuable startup, a Chinese company called ByteDance. But TikTok does not operate in China and functions as an independent subsidiary. TikTok has struggled to establish that distinction, recently appointing a US CEO, noting that its servers are located in the United States and are not subject to Chinese law.

The U.S. Army has blocked soldiers from installing the app, while some politicians, such as Senator Josh Hawley, have proposed banning TikTok from all U.S. government devices.

On Friday, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) warned campaigns, committees and party groups in states to take additional security precautions when using TikTok. In an email obtained by ., the DNC security team wrote: “We continue to advise campaign staff to refrain from using TikTok on personal devices. If you are using TikTok for campaign work, we recommend that you use a separate phone and account. ”

The DNC suggested that the campaigns in a memorandum in December not use TikTok, citing concerns about the “Chinese ties to the app and potentially sending data to the Chinese government.”

Amazon’s decision was notable given that it has previously had advertising on the platform. In April, for example, Amazon posted a sponsored post on TikTok for a Jonas Brothers concert that aired on Amazon Prime Video, according to Rich Greenfield, a media industry analyst at LightShed Partners.

TikTok has been downloaded 165 million times in the US and has become a key part of the internet and popular culture, serving as a platform for viral memes, political satire, and activism.

Donie O’Sullivan contributed to this report.

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Authorities Say Michigan Woman Lost $17,000 In Scam

LAPEER COUNTY, Mich. (WNEM) – A Mid-Michigan resident lost $17,000 after falling victim to a scammer.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a home in Columbiaville on August 6.

The victim, a woman in her 60s, was contacted by a man claiming to be the FBI. The phone calls came from three different phone numbers, with the area codes 810, 202, and 210. A text message was also sent from the 210-area code with a picture of an FBI identification card and badge.

The caller claimed they had arrested the victim’s ex-husband and ex-uncle, and that if she did not provide $17,000 in gift card codes, she would also be arrested.

Deputies said the woman bought gift cards from various stores in different towns. The gift cards were from TJ Maxx, Target, and Nike. The victim then took pictures of the codes on the gift cards and sent them to the scammer.

The case remains under investigation.

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