TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns after Donald Trump ordered a ban on Chinese-owned app branding it a ‘security risk’

TIKTOK CEO Kevin Mayer has resigned amid U.S. pressure for its Chinese owner to sell the popular video app.

The White House claims Tik Tok is a security risk.


U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a ban on TikTok unless parent company Bytedance sells its U.S. operations to an American company within 90 days.

In a letter to staff, Mayer said his decision to leave comes after the political environment sharply changed.

TikTok had vowed to sue the US Government over Mr Trump's bid to ban the app.

Mayer said: "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.

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"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."

Mayer had joined TikTok as CEO in May.

Following his shock resignation, a spokesman for TikTok said the political dynamics of the last few months had "significantly changed" Mayer's role.

If TikTok isn't snapped up by an American company before November 12, it faces a permanent ban in the USA.

In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed

Earlier this month, Trump ordered a sweeping ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat.

It came as the U.S. heightens scrutiny of Chinese technology companies, citing concerns that they may pose a threat to national security.

Trump signed an initial order against TikTok on August 6, invoking a corporate blacklist against trading with Chinese parent firm ByteDance.

Then just a week later, Trump gave ByteDance a September deadline to find a US buyer for TikTok.

This deadline was later extended to November 12, after which point TikTok faces a national ban.

Several tech companies have been linked to a TikTok buy-out, including Microsoft, Apple and Twitter.

A recent report suggested that Microsoft could strike a $30billion deal to buy TikTok in a matter of days.

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