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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Quits


TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Quits

TikTok Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mayer has left the company as tensions soar between Washington and Beijing over the Chinese-owned video platform.

Mayer's resignation comes days after TikTok filed a lawsuit challenging a crackdown by the US government over claims the wildly popular social media app can be used to spy on Americans.

 Manager Vanessa Pappas will replace him on an interim basis.

"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 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."

TikTok was a most popular Chinese app, which has been downloaded 175 million times in the US and more than a billion times around the world. 

Later TikTok became a cornerstone of deplomatic tension between US and China, and President Donald Trump signed an executive order on August 6 giving Americans 45 days to stop doing business with TikTok's Chinese parent company ByteDance -- effectively setting a deadline for a sale of the app to a US company.

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