“Our employees are our biggest strength, and their well-being is our topmost priority,” Mr. Mayer said.
The short videos app being one of the 59 Apps blocked in India, Tiktok’ CEO has written a letter for the company’s Indian employees. The ban on Chinese apps came amid huge uproar in the country to economically corner China after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in violent clash with Chinese troops in Galwan valley of eastern Ladakh.
“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,” Kevin Mayer, TikTok chief executive and the chief operations officer of ByteDance, owner of the video sharing app, said in a post on company website.
In a post named “A message to our employees in India”, Mayer said, “Since 2018, we have worked hard to ensure that over 200 million users in India are able to 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 workforce 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 growing concerns of job security amongst company’s Indian employees.
“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 showed in us. We look forward to continue playing an active role in the mainframe of Digital India,” Mr. Mayer further added.
“TikTok has enabled hundreds of millions of users to enjoy the creative works of artists, storytellers, educators and performers from across the country who have forged new avenues of livelihood improvement. While sharing their skills and talents on a global stage, these performers, artists and entertainers have received opportunities for brand promotions and associations that were once considered the exclusive domain of film stars and sports celebrities. Today, it is a staple and reality for TikTok users even in remote cities, towns and villages across the country,” Mr. Mayer concluded.
This comes after 59 Apps mostly Chinese apps were banned by the Information and Technology Ministry citing they were “prejudicial to prejudicial to security and sovereignty of the country”.