TikTok will from Disney gain a stalwart

TikTok will from Disney gain a stalwart

That popularity has made TikTok by far the biggest digital success for a Chinese-owned company in the Western world. As a result, it has faced deep distrust across the U.S. government. Several government agencies, including nearly all branches of the military, have banned employees from downloading or using the app. In March, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., proposed legislation to ban any federal employee from using it.

Now Mayer will provide a clear link between TikTok and ByteDance’s leadership in Beijing, with his dual roles at the two companies.

“Kevin has had an extraordinary impact on our company over the years,” Chapek said in a statement. “Having worked alongside Kevin for many years on the senior management team, I am enormously grateful to him for his support and friendship.”

Despite being passed over, Mayer had indicated that he was in no hurry to leave. There is no business more important to Disney than streaming, and Mayer has relished working on services like Disney Plus, which rolled out in November and now has about ..