WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Wells Fargo has ordered its employees to delete the social media app TikTok from company devices due to security concerns.
- The US government is considering the ban on TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirms.
- TikTok denied allegations that it transfers user data to the Chinese government.
Wells Fargo issued a memorandum of order to company employees, asking them to remove TikTok from their corporate-owned devices over privacy and security concerns.
“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 company said.
Tiktok is in communication with Wells Fargo. “[We] are open to engaging with them constructively and sharing the actions we take to protect data security for our users,” the company spokesperson said. “Our hope is that whatever concerns Wells Fargo may have can be answered through transparent dialogue so that their employees can continue to participate in and benefit from our community.”
This came after the social media platform and the company is put under duress after legislators and other businesses in the United States question the company for privacy and security concerns. On Friday, Amazon emailed a memorandum to company employees, asking them to delete the social media app from their cellular devices, but backtracked hours later.
Amazon explained that the memorandum was sent in error. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok,” said a representative of the company to the new station.
The US House of Congress forwarded concerns about the social media app, pointing to possibilities that tech company that manufactured the app in question is sharing user data with the Chinese government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last week that the administration is looking into the prohibition of the app, adding other Chinese-owned apps over concerns on user data privacy.
Secretary Pompeo said that Tiktok users endanger their private information, suggesting that user data information could fall into the “hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” However, it remains unclear how the administration would proceed with imposing a ban on the use of an app.
Earlier this month, India instituted a ban on 59 social media apps, including Tiktok. This prohibition from the national government was imposed as a border skirmish between the two countries ensued.
TikTok denied allegations that it transfers user data or to the government. Last week, the tech company announced that Tiktok will be pulled from Hong Kong following the controversial national security law.
The company also responded to the controversial allegations from the US government. “We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked,” said a representative of the company following the secretary of state’s comments.
Source: The Hill