Kevin Mayer, the chief executive of TikTok, announced on Wednesday that he is resigning, just over 100 days after the former Disney executive joined the world’s largest short video app in mid-May. [...]
“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,” said a TikTok spokesperson in a statement to TechCrunch.
The New York Times reported earlier that Mayer announced his decision in a note to employees as TikTok came under pressure from the Trump administration over its links to China. Mayer “did not anticipate the extent to which TikTok would become involved in tensions between China and the U.S.,” sources told the Financial Times, and the executive “didn’t sign up for this.”
Mayer was the former Disney exec who helped make acquisitions like Marvel and FOX happen, and was heavily involved with the launch of Disney+. He came to TikTok with the intention of selling the government on the idea of TikTok and easing tensions between the two; I can’t imagine he was thrilled with the possibility of either A) having his company banned from the US or B) working for Microsoft. But Mayer won’t have any issues finding another role, he’s a very smart and well liked guy.