September 17, 2020

Executive Order: TikTok CEO, Kevini Mayer resigns

 

 

The chief executive of Tik Tok Kevin Mayer, has resigned from his position amid United State government pressure for its Chinese owner to sell the popular video app to an American company. Mayer, a former Disney executive, joined TikTok as CEO in May.

Kevin resigned following United State President Donald Trump executive ordered a ban on TikTok from the US internet space, unless it’s parent company Bytedance sells its US operations to an American company within 90 days.

President Trump said the Chinese popular video app, posed on the United State national security and that the app could share citizens’s information with the China’s government.

In a statement, Tik Tok said:

“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 said in the letter. “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.”

“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 said in a statement

Mayer will be replaced by U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas on an interim basis, TikTok said.

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