TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Quits Due to Political Tensions
In large part because of U.S. President Donald Trump's impending ban on TikTok in the country, the social media network's CEO, Kevin Mayer, has decided to resign.
His decision comes just two months after joining the company. Mayer joined TikTok in June after leaving his position at Disney, per the BBC.
The reason for Mayer's resignation is linked to the Trump administration's accusation that the Chinese-owned company could be used to leak U.S. information to China.
A fun app turned political
For the majority of the billion TikTok users around the world, the app is a fun platform on which to share instructional or playful short videos. The WHO even joined it in order to share important information regarding the pandemic.
However, President Donald Trump has accused it of potentially leaking U.S. data to the Chinese authorities, and gave the company 90 days for it to be sold to an American company otherwise it would be banned in the nation. Originally, TikTok was given 45 days to change its ownership, but the time was later extended.
The ultimate date before the potential ban sets in is mid-September.
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— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) August 27, 2020
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, which has denied any links to the Chinese government, per the BBC.
In view of this, Mayer wrote a letter to the company's employees on Thursday stating he would be leaving: "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 also mentioned his reasons being linked to "the political environment" which "has sharply changed," as he explained in his letter.
TikTok officially released a response to Mayer's decision, which stated "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."