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Kevin Mayer, who joined TikTok as CEO only two months ago, resigned from the short-form video sharing site overnight. The former Disney streaming executive was the all-American solution to TikTok’s biggest woe: its Chinese origins.
While TikTok had been inundated with regulatory scrutiny and bipartisan concern for the entirety of its short history—since parent company ByteDance purchased Musical.ly in 2017 and made TikTok into what it is now—Mayer did not expect the tumult this summer would bring.