TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quits amid US pressure to sell Chinese video app |  Business News – India TV

After less than 100 days in office, Kevin Mayer stepped down as CEO of TikTok. His decision was made public today, amid the strong controversy that the social network is currently facing with the administration of Donald Trump, who threatened to censor the application in the United States.

The former head of the streaming area at Disney, the company he was part of for 15 years, commented on his resignation to the company's employees through a letter, which was shared with the press.

Under the argument of being "a threat to national security", accusing that the app is used by China as an intelligence tool, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, threatened earlier this month to ban this popular application. The ultimatum is 90 days and your only exit option is the purchase of your presence in the US by a local company.

In the midst of this context, Kevin Mayer resigned as CEO of TikTok after being in charge for the last three months, the most critical of this conflict inserted in the midst of other measures, all focused on exerting pressure on the government of China.

Kevin Mayer Resigns As TikTok CEO – Deadline

In a letter to TikTok staff, Mayer addressed his resignation. His statements were picked up by CNET. “In recent weeks, as the political environment has changed dramatically, I have made significant thought about what the corporate structural changes will require and what they mean for the global role I signed up for. In this context, and as we hope to reach a resolution very soon, I want to let you know with great regret that I have decided to leave the company ”, contains part of the statement.

Donald Trump often makes statements that ignite spirits and generate controversy. Sometimes they don't go beyond that, but this time it's a serious threat issued. On August 6, he issued an executive order materializing his ultimatum, restricting US business transactions with ByteDance, the company behind TikTok. The reason, under the arguments defended by the US government, is based on the large amount of data that the app collects from its users, which could eventually be used by the Chinese government against the interests of the North American country.

Although TikTok has sought to defend its integrity in the face of accusations from the US government, reiterating that the data it collects is not shared with the Chinese government, the outlook remains uncertain. While on the one hand, Microsoft, Oracle, and even Twitter sound like candidates for the acquisition of the US branch of the app; ByteDance, for its part, replied with a legal appeal that seeks the annulment of the controversial executive order mentioned above.

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns amid Trump's ban threat - CNET

If the veto becomes effective after the deadline, the repercussions would be felt in an important part of the Western world. For example, the iOS App Store and the Android Play Store, depending on US companies (Apple and Google, respectively), would not be able to distribute TikTok through their app catalog.

Saying goodbye to the head of TikTok, Kevin Mayer commented that "this decision has nothing to do with the company, what I see for our future or the faith I have in what we are building." To this, he added that “as we look to the next phase of this company, there is no question that the future is incredibly bright. For our users, any potential structural changes should not affect their experience, and I strongly believe that our community will be more creative and diverse than ever. The platform will continue to provide our global community with an incredible, integrated experience as it does today. Similarly, from an employee perspective, I think the vast majority of work will not change. "

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