Amazon has said an internal email went out Friday to its employees asking them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, was sent mistakenly
The online retailing giant appeared to backtrack roughly five hours after sending the message.
“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error," Amazon emailed reporters just before 5 p.m. Eastern time.
“There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.”
Company spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions about what caused the confounding turnaround or error.
The initial internal email, which was disseminated widely online, told employees to delete TikTok, a video app increasingly popular with young people but also the focus of intensifying national-security and geopolitical concerns because of its Chinese ownership.
The email cited the app's “security risks.”
An Amazon employee who confirmed receipt of the initial email but was not authorized to speak publicly had not seen a retraction at the time of Amazon's backtrack.
Amazon is the second-largest U.S. private employer after Walmart.
Moving against TikTok could have escalated pressure on the app in a big way, particularly if other companies did the same.
The U.S. military already bans TikTok on employee phones and the company is subject to a national-security review of its merger history.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that the government was “certainly looking” at banning the app, setting off confused and irritated posts as well as jokes by TikTok users.
Chinese internet company ByteDance owns TikTok, which is designed for users outside of China; it also makes a Chinese version called Douyin. Like YouTube, TikTok relies on its users for the videos that populate its app.
It has a reputation for fun, goofy videos and is popular with young people, including millions of Americans.
But critics have cited concerns, including the possibility of TikTok censoring videos, such as those critical of the Chinese government, sharing user data with Chinese officials, and violating kids’ privacy.
TikTok has said it doesn’t censor videos based on topics sensitive to China and it would not give the Chinese government access to U.S. user data even if asked.
Laying emphasis on the need for digital transformation of education from primary school to higher education, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said that digital devices and the Internet are vital tools for students.
“In this case, it is not the cost but the right investment to create skilled human resources,” said the minister while speaking as the chief guest at the online seminar on 'Digital Education for Better Bangladesh' and 'Northern Digital Campaign 2020' organised by Northern University Bangladesh in the capital on Wednesday.
Building a prosperous Bangladesh will never be hampered if artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, IoT, etc can spread digital technology education in educational institutions, said Jabbar.
Aiming to achieve this goal, he emphasised on the need for digital transformation of education from primary school to higher education.
The minister said 65 percent of the total population of the country is young. There are 40 to 50 million students among them. In order to accelerate the ongoing progress of building the golden Bengal of Bangabandhu's dream, the students must be developed as useful digital human resources.
Chaithwai Aoung Marma, a poultry farmer from Kawkhali Upazila in Rangamati, has become millionaire after he purchased a Walton refrigerator.
Walton has been providing the facilities to its customers under the ongoing ‘Digital Campaign Season-7.’ The Marma youth now intends to invest this money in expansion of his business, said a press release.
On Saturday, a cheque of Tk 10 lakh was officially handed over to Chaithwai Aoung Marma at Walton Plaza in Raozan Upazila of Chattogram.
Walton is conducting the ‘Digital Campaign’ across the country to accelerate the initiative of building customer database for delivering online based swift and best after sales service.
Under Season-7, a customers is likely to get Tk.1 million (10 lakh) through purchasing any model of fridge, washing machine or microwave oven from Walton plaza, distributor outlet and E-Plaza across the country. Besides, customers will get sure cashvouchers worth of maximum Tk 1 lakh. Customers will enjoy the benefits until Eid-ul-Azha.
Earlier, Wazed Ali, a tailor from Gazipur and Solaiman Haque, a towel vendor from Naogaon also became millionaires after purchasing Walton refrigerators.
Chaithwai Aoung Marma, purchased a refrigerator worth of Tk 32,500 from the Raozan Plaza and received a SMS in his mobile phone from Walton with the notification of getting Tk 10 lakh cash on registration of the fridge.
Thanking Walton for providing such facilities, he said, “I got totally surprised when I got 10 lakh taka! I will spend some of this money in expansion of my business and the rest will be deposited for daughters.’
Walton provides a one-year replacement facility for fridgesalong with 12-year guarantee for compressors.
There are 74 service centers across the country to provide fast and best after-sales service.
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Huawei, together with Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Communication (NBTC) and Siriraj Hospital, has initiated ‘Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era’ to pioneer the use of the unmanned vehicle for the first time at smart hospital in the ASEAN country.
The self-driving delivery vehicle takes advantage of 5G technology from Huawei to bring about contactless delivery solution of medical supplies, which will elevate the medical system to 5G era by applying world-class technology and innovation to drive medical services and the healthcare industry, according to a press release.
Such technology can replace manpower in logistics services as it can operate in complex environments.
The autonomous car offers safe, convenient and cost-effective solutions while reducing workload for healthcare workers and improving patient safety.
The 5G technology integration will then be progressively applied in the national health system for Smart Hospital transformation in the near future.
Abel Deng, chief executive officer of Huawei Thailand, said Huawei is honoured and delighted to continuously take part in assisting Thai medical staff.
“The pilot project of the driverless vehicle for Siriraj Hospital will operate under Huawei’s 5G technology to help transport medical supplies within the hospital. This pilot project exemplifies the accelerated digitalisation of Thailand’s medical services as 5G will play a key role in the next generation of healthcare,” he added.
Huawei Technologies along with Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and Thai state hospital launched an unmanned vehicle using 5G communications to deliver contactless medical supplies.
'Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era,' a self-driving car to use 5G technology from Huawei aiming to bring about contactless delivery solution of medical supplies, said a press release.
Such technology can replace manpower in logistics services as it can operate in complex environments while the autonomous car offers safe, convenient and cost-effective solutions reducing workload for healthcare worker and improving patient safety.
“The NBTC has been utilizing 5G technology with remote medical services by connecting with Community Health Promotion Hospital and large local hospitals in piloting remote treatment of four diseases – such as eye diseases, skin diseases, blood pressure abnormalities and diabetes.”, said Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.
Moreover, the remote medical care has also expanded to local prisons, to give easier medical access to people and prisoners in remote areas, he said.
After the first test trial in Siriraj Hospital, the oldest and largest hospital in Thailand at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, the NBTC will evaluate the benefits and efficiency of the 5G-enable unmanned vehicle.