ByteDance, mum or dad firm of the brief video app TikTok, has greater than tripled its US workers up to now 12 months, the corporate mentioned in response to a Reuters inquiry.
ByteDance mentioned it now has over 1,000 workers throughout the nation from Mountain View, California to New York, up from round 300 this time final yr.
Major will increase got here from engineers dealing with analysis and improvement, information safety, creator groups, and gross sales groups, ByteDance advised Reuters.
TikTok’s Chinese language possession and extensive recognition amongst American teenagers have introduced scrutiny from US regulators and lawmakers. Regulators questioned the protection of the private information the app handles and if its Chinese language possession poses a nationwide safety threat, Reuters first reported final yr.
TikTok has been hiring extra US engineers to scale back its reliance on workers in China, and has arrange a group in Mountain View, California to supervise information administration, sources acquainted with the matter have mentioned.
Most not too long ago the China tech big has been shifting its heart of energy away from China, hiring senior executives and increasing its presence in the USA, Reuters reported final month.
ByteDance not too long ago employed Walt Disney Co’s Kevin Mayer as its COO, and CEO of TikTok. It additionally employed veteran information safety government Roland Cloutier. The corporate will rent a further 100 safety, information, and privateness safety individuals by the top of this yr, Cloutier mentioned in a weblog publish this week.
ByteDance mentioned it had roughly 60,000 workers worldwide as of January, largely based mostly in China. The corporate purchased out social media app Musical.ly in 2017, when it employed round 20 individuals within the US at the moment, sources mentioned earlier. Musical.ly laid the foundations for TikTok’s speedy progress.
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