The chief executive of the Chinese-owned video app TikTok, Kevin Mayer has resigned from his position as a result of the pressure from US demanding that its Chinese owner sell the video app to an American company.
The American businessman stated in a letter to employees, that his decision to resign is because the “political environment has sharply changed.”
This comes after the US President Donald Trump ordered a ban on TikTok, unless the parent company Bytedance sells its US operations to an American company within 90 days over claims that the popular video app presents a national security threat that could share information about users with China`s government. He 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.”
In response to this, a former Disney executive, Mayer 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,” TikTok said in a statement
According to TikTok, Kevin will be replaced by the U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas on an interim basis.