Wells Fargo is directing employees to delete TikTok from their work phones amid growing concerns over security and privacy from the short-form Chinese-owned video app.
“We have identified a small number of Wells Fargo employees with corporate-owned devices who had installed the TikTok application on their device,” Wells Fargo said in a statement to NBC News on Saturday. “Due to concerns about TikTok’s privacy and security controls and practices, and because corporate-owned devices should be used for company business only, we have directed those employees to remove the app from their devices.”
The move from the nation’s fourth-largest bank came as Amazon clarified Friday it was not telling its employees to do the same, despite an email reportedly sent to some employees that instructed them to do so.
“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error. There is no change to our policies right now with
(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc., Google and Twitter Inc. — all of which are blocked in the mainland — are now headed toward a showdown with China that could end up making Hong Kong feel more like Beijing.
Hours after Hong Kong announced sweeping new powers to police the internet on Monday night, those companies plus the likes of Microsoft Corp. and Zoom Video Communications Inc. all suspended requests for data from the Hong Kong government. ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok, which has Chinese owners, announced it would pull its viral video app from the territory’s mobile stores in the coming days even as President Donald Trump threatened to ban it in the U.S.
Their dilemma is stark: Bend to the law and infuriate Western nations increasingly at odds with China over political freedoms, or simply refuse and depart like Google did in China a decade ago over some of the very same
TikTok is the popular mobile app of the moment, one often used by teenagers to make funny musical videos, while it’s also sometimes used to make political statements. But now, the U.S. Secretary of State is threatening to ban the app, which is owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, in the United States.
Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show on Monday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that such a ban is under consideration.
Following news that India has banned the app and Australia is considering following suit, Ingraham asked Pompeo, “shouldn’t we be considering, right now, tonight, a ban on Chinese social media apps, especially Tiktok?”
“We’re taking this very seriously, we’re certainly looking at it. We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it’s having Huawei technology in your infrastructure, we’re gone all over the world
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