TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer is leaving TikTok after three months. He told this in a letter to employees of the company on Thursday, writing Financial Times.
Mayer has decided to leave after US President Donald Trump said to ban TikTok, unless parent company ByteDance sells TikTok’s US arm to an American company within 90 days.
“The political environment has changed a lot in recent weeks,” Mayer wrote in a letter to TikTok employees. “I’ve been thinking about what changes need to take place in the company and what that means for the position I signed for. While we expect a solution to the situation soon, I am very sorry to let you know that I am the company. leaves. “
Mayer, who previously worked at Disney and founded the streaming service Disney +, started at TikTok in June. A few weeks later, the company came under fire because the very popular video app would pose a threat to the national security of the United States. Trump is concerned that TikTok could pass data from US citizens to the Chinese Communist Party.
According to insiders, Mayer was unable to estimate in advance to what extent TikTok would play a role in the tensions between China and the United States.
Zhang Yiming, founder and president of ByteDance, in another letter to employees informed employees that they understand Mayer’s decision. The role of Mayer is provisionally filled by general manager Vanessa Pappas.