Wells Fargo, as first reported by The Information, instructed employees who installed TikTok on company devices to remove the app over privacy concerns.
“We have identified a small number of Wells Fargo employees with corporate-owned devices who had installed the TikTok application on their device,” a spokesperson for Wells Fargo told The Verge in an email. “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.”
Using the popular video-sharing app, which hit 2 billion downloads in April, it is the latest firm to raise security concerns about employees. Amazon said on Friday it sent employees an email “in error” asking them to remove TikTok from mobile devices with Amazon email addresses. The company later clarified that ” no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.”
One of several apps recently revealed to be accessing user clipboard data when running in the background was TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. The practice was discovered via a new feature in iOS 14 beta versions, which warns users when an app copies from the clipboard. TikTok says the feature has since been removed.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo said earlier this week that the Trump administration was “looking at” banning TikTok, but how such a ban will operate in practice is not entirely clear. Some US military branches have already banned TikTok from being used on government-owned computers.
TikTok did not respond to Saturday’s requests for comment immediately.