Kevin Mayer, CEO of TikTok, resigns after political conflicts. Kevin Mayer was named CEO of TikTok last May amid rumors that tensions between the Trump Administration and its parent company, ByteDance, were set to escalate. Tensions between the US government and TikTok, its subsidiary, have risen so much that Trump has given ByteDance until mid-November to sell the US operations of social network or face a ban and blocking app on the country. Given this, and due to the uncertainties that the future generates in relation to his position, Kevin Mayer, CEO of Tiktok has decided to resign.
The news has been communicated to the employees of the company by Kevin Mayer himself, by means of a letter in which he points out that: “In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, 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,” Kevin Mayer CEO of Tiktok said in his 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.”
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His exit from TikTok comes abruptly and while the sale agreement is still being negotiated. Just a month ago Kevin Mayer assured that he was going to give a boost to transparency to try to change the perception of the app. Then he assured that the future of TikTok was bright. Now, as he has stated, he wants to make it clear that his decision ” has nothing to do with the company “, nor with what he sees for his future or with the belief he has in what has been thought and prepared for the company. The manager also ensures that the company understands and supports his decision.
Indeed, according to statements by the company, they appreciate that “ the political dynamics of recent months have significantly changed the scope of Kevin’s role in the future, and we fully respect his decision. We thank him for what he has done in this time and we wish him the best. On a temporary basis, he will be replaced by the General Manager of TikTok, Veronica Pappas.