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TikTok Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Mayer, has resigned from the company amidst political faceoff between the United States and the Chinese-owned video app. Mayer said the change in the political environment had led to his decision to resign from the position he took over in May.
AllNews had reported that US President, Donald Trump, gave TikTok 90 days notice ban - which started some months back - to sell their US operation to any American company. Before Mayer resigned, both Microsoft and Twitter had shown interest in buying TikTok US operation.
The US government claimed that TikTok threatens US' national security, as it has access to personal information belonging to US citizens. It was stated that TikTok could share this information with the Chinese government, as well as information about Chinese visiting US.
Although, TikTok has denied the US government's claim and concluded on fighting the impending ban in court. However, the latest development in the TikTok and US faceoff is the resignation of Mayer, who will be replaced by the U.S. General Manager of TikTok, Vanessa Pappas.
Speaking on his resignation, “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.”
While addressing Mayer's resignation, TikTok 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.”
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