This resignation comes as the social network has entered a standoff with Donald Trump, who accuses him of spying on behalf of China.
American businessman Kevin Mayer, CEO of TikTok, resigned three months after his arrival and a few days after the social network’s complaint against Donald Trump’s decree. He will be replaced on an interim basis by TikTok’s chief executive in the United States, Vanessa Pappas, the company said on Thursday (August 27th).
“It is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you know that I have decided to leave the company”, Kevin Mayer wrote in a letter to employees. “In my opinion, the mission to which I was hired – notably to lead TikTok as a whole – will now be very different because of the action of the American administration in pushing to sell the activities in the United States.”
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Donald Trump accuses the application of sharing spy videos for the benefit of Beijing. On August 6, he banned him from any transaction with American partners beyond 45 days. The decree does not specify the practical consequences, but the ban could force Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their app stores, effectively preventing it from being used in the United States. The US president also issued a presidential decree on August 14 giving ByteDance 90 days to cede TikTok’s activities to the United States, on pain of banning them.