TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns amid US strain to promote video app

Hong Kong, August 27

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigned on Thursday amid the US strain for its Chinese proprietor to promote the favored video app, which the White House says is a safety threat.

In a letter to staff, Mayer mentioned his resolution to depart comes after the “political environment has sharply changed”.

His resignation comes after US President Donald Trump ordered a ban on TikTok, until dad or mum firm Bytedance sells its US operations to an American firm inside 90 days.

“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,” he mentioned within the letter, including: “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.”

Mayer, a former Disney govt, joined TikTok as CEO in May.

“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,” TikTok mentioned in an announcement. AP

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