Kevin Mayer, CEO of TikTok, said that he is leaving the wildly successful social media site TikTok.
It occurs days after TikTok sued the Trump administration with the famous short-form video-sharing application on an executive order restricting transactions in the United States. However, Mayer said in a letter to the employees: “I wanted to let you all know with a heavy heart that I chose to leave the company.”
TikTok has been at the core of a political dispute between the US and China; however, President Donald Trump issued an executive order giving people 45 days to quit trading with ByteDance. It is the Chinese parent company of TikTok — effectively setting a date for selling the application to the US corporation.
TikTok has been installed 175 million times throughout the United States and much more than a billion times worldwide. It is claimed in the suit that Trump’s order was a violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act because the application — on which users also post humorous short-form videos — is not an unusual and exceptional threat.