Earlier this week Kevin Mayer quit as the CEO of TikTok. This move comes as the Chinese-owned video sharing app faces backlash from President Donald Trump.Kevin Mayer has quit as CEO of TikTok as the Chinese-owned video sharing app faces enormous backlash from President Donald Trump.
“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,” Mayer said in a memo to employees. “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.”
TikTok hired Mayer, a former Disney+ executive, less than four months ago.
The move appeared to be designed to bolster the app’s American credentials and improve its standing with U.S. regulators.
Since then, though, it has come under fire from the U.S. government, and Trump has threatened to ban the app.