By Sarah E. Needleman 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 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."

The memo initially caused a stir as it appeared to be the latest high-profile setback for the short-form video app. Earlier this week its owner, Beijing-based Bytedance Ltd., said it would pull TikTok out of Hong Kong amid concerns about a new national-security law, its second market exit after India last week banned the app and others from Chinese companies as part of an escalating border dispute between Beijing and New Delhi.

Bytedance in May hired a top Walt Disney Co. executive, Kevin Mayer, to be TikTok's new CEO and navigate its controversial global expansion.

(More to Come)

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 10, 2020 17:48 ET (21:48 GMT)

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