TikTok CEO addresses employees in India after govt. ban


NEW DELHI | JULY 2, 2020:

TikTok CEO, Kevin Mayer, has written a letter to his employees in India one day after the popular short video-sharing app completely stopped working owing to the Indian government's ban on it and 58 other Chinese applications.

In an open letter posted in the company's newsroom, Mayer said, "At TikTok, our efforts are guided by our commitment to democratizing the internet. To a large extent, we believe we have been successful in this effort. However, we stay resolved and committed to our mission, and are working with stakeholders to address their concerns. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and places the highest importance on user privacy and integrity."

"Since 2018, we have worked hard to ensure that over 200 million users in India can express their joy and creativity, celebrate self-expression, and share experiences with a growing global community. Our employees are our biggest strength, and their well-being is our topmost priority. We have also assured more than 2,000 strong workforces that we will do everything in our power to restore the positive experiences and opportunities that they can be proud of," the TikTok CEO said, amid concerns over job security of its employees in India.

"We have been heartened and encouraged by your love and support for our platform, and promise to live up to the trust and faith you have shown in us. We look forward to continue playing an active role in the mainframe of Digital India," Mayer said.

Apart from TikTok, the other 58 apps blocked by the government include WeChat and UC Browser.

According to sources, "The apps have been violating the terms of usage, compromising users privacy, and being used as spyware or malware."

The Indian government's TikTok account MyGov, which had 1.1 million followers, was disabled within minutes of the announcement.