Disney’s head of streaming services, Kevin Mayer, is going to become the new CEO of TikTok starting June 1.
A TikTok spokesperson has told the international news source that Kevin Mayer will be based out of the company’s offices in Los Angeles. But he will oversee all of its work globally.
In addition to this, he will also work as the Chief Operating Officer for ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company. According to an interview, Mayer will monitor TikTok and will also oversee gaming and music-related businesses.
He will be the first CEO of TikTok.
“I’m excited to help lead the next phase of ByteDance’s journey as the company continues to expand its breadth of products across every region of the world,” Mr. Mayer said in the release.
TikTok is a widely-used application and has been downloaded more than 2 billion times on iOS and Android since the app was launched globally in 2017. Its use was increased amid coronavirus pandemic, as several people began using the app during the lockdown.
TikTok is accused of collecting children’s data in several complaints.
A group of 20 consumer and child advocacy groups had filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday. TikTok had been accused of breaking the previous settlement the company reached with the FTC not to get the personal data of minors aged below thirteen without their parents’ consent.
A settlement was made last year as TikTok admitted had broken collected the private data of youngsters under-13s. The settlement was made with a $5.7 million penalty and TikTok pledged not to use any information without parents’ consent. It also pledged to delete the existing data.
However, the groups claimed that TikTok has not fulfilled the promise and has not deleted the information.