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19 May 2020

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CEO of TikTok CEOs

Kevin Mayer is moving from the House of the Mouse into the Hype House. Mayer, the former head of streaming at Disney, is the new CEO of TikTok, the Chinese-based social video app.

Mayer is joining TikTok during a crucial moment for the young company, Bloomberg News reports. It’s as popular as ever while the nation is under lockdown, and it is still minting new stars like Charli D’Amelio. (TikTok celebs are famous for repetitive dancing and short-form video selfies, and some of the most popular teen creators live together in McMansions with cheery names like the Hype House.)

Anyway, Mayer has his work cut out for him. TikTok may be a supernova of a social media app, but it also poses a possible national security threat. Senators and Defense Department officials have expressed concerns that TikTok opens U.S. phones to tracking from China. TikTok wants to show it’s just here for a good time, and having a former Disney executive at the helm could help. Mayer, 58, will also serve as chief operating officer at ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company.

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This content was originally published by Garett Sloane. Original publishers retain all rights. It appears here for a limited time before automated archiving. By Garett Sloane

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