Kevin Mayer has decided to quit TikTok just months after joining the position of Chief executive of the Chinese video app. He has been accused by the Trump administration of threatening national security.
FT Exclusive: TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer has quit just months after taking over at the Chinese-owned video app, according to a letter to employees seen by the Financial Times https://t.co/wg2DuJghU7 pic.twitter.com/2c2fk9O6t3
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Mr Mayer told employees at the TikTok and ByteDance the company that controls the app, of his decision to leave on Thursday.
Vanessa Pappas, current General Manager of TikTok will become interim head as in case of Kevin Mayers resignation according to a letter given to the company’s employees.
Another news came similar to this that former Disney executive decided to leave after President Donald Trump had ordered a ban on TikTok. This happened unless ByteDance sold its US properties to an American company within 90 days as briefed.
Mayers wrote a letter to his employees saying, “In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for. Against this backdrop, and as we expect to reach a resolution very soon, it is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to leave the company.”
He continues, “I understand that the role that I signed up for — including running TikTok globally — will look very different as a result of the US administration’s action to push for a sell off of the US business.”
Discussions in Washington over the destiny of TikTok began days after Mr Mayer officially took his place in the company in June. Mr Mayer did not anticipate to that level to which TikTok would become engrossed in stressed between China and the US as has been quoted by people awared about the matter. The Trump administration and regulatory bodies but raised concerns about data privacy and national security.
“He didn’t sign up for this,” said one person related to this matter. Tiktok officially issued the statement stating :
We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin’s role would be going forward
A person familiar with his time and work at Disney speaking when Mr Mayer first joined ByteDance said, “He has put himself in a sensitive political zone. He will have to align himself with both his Chinese masters and public scrutiny in the US.”
Zhang Yiming, the founder and chief executive of ByteDance, said, “I understood Mr Mayer’s decision to leave considering the political challenges TikTok is facing globally.The app has also been banned in India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Letter written by Mr. Zhang to employees, “Kevin spoke to me, and I fully understand that the resulting outcome that we land upon due to the political circumstances we are operating within could have significant impact on his job in any scenario, but particularly given his global role while he’s based in the US.”
Mr Trump was very much assertive against China this year. Zhang stated that this month his administration and regulatory body had “credible evidence” that ByteDance might put allegations or take up action to hurt US security. This was all the case of US security guidelines which was more assertive.
While talking to Financial Times said, “We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin’s role would be going forward, and fully respect his decision. We thank him for his time at the company and wish him well.”
This news is based on the reports of Financial Times