SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Mayer, the chief executive of Chinese-owned video app TikTok, said on Wednesday that he was resigning after the company came under pressure from the Trump administration over its ties to China.
In a note to employees reviewed by The New York Times, Mr. Mayer said that a series of changes to the company’s structure prompted him to leave.
“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,” Mr. Mayer wrote in the email. “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.”
President Trump and other White House officials have said that TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance, poses a national security threat because of its Chinese ownership. On Aug. 6, Mr. Trump signed an executive order to block TikTok if ByteDance did not sell the app’s U.S. operations by mid-September. A week later, he issued another executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to close such a deal.
Vanessa Pappas, general manager of TikTok in North America, will take over as interim global head of the company, Mr. Mayer wrote.
In a statement, a TikTok spokesman acknowledged Mr. Mayer’s departure and the changes in recent months. “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,” a spokesman We thank him for his time at the company and wish him well.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.