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TikTok executive under company investigation after he said he ‘didn’t believe’ in maternity leave

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  • Joshua Ma, chief of TikTok’s European e-commerce arm for ByteDance — the platform’s parent company — was forced to “step back” from his role after telling employees that he did not believe in offering maternity leave.
  • The London-based employees are involved in TikTok Shop, a relatively new service in the U.K. that allows creators to host live shopping experiences.
  • The U.K. team reportedly lost half its members due to Tiktok’s “aggressive” work culture, which allegedly stems from ByteDance’s Beijing headquarters.
  • TikTok said an investigation is underway and assured employees that “the wellbeing of our team is our top priority.”
  • Patrick Nommensen, who led the launch of e-commerce in the U.K., has been named as Ma’s interim successor.

A TikTok senior executive is reportedly under investigation after allegedly telling employees that he did not believe in offering maternity leave.

Joshua Ma, who heads TikTok’s European e-commerce arm for ByteDance — the platform’s parent company — was forced to “step back” from his U.K.-based role as a result, according to the Financial Times.