BEIJING (Reuters) – ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming told employees on Tuesday there were misunderstandings on Chinese social media about TikTok’s situation in the United States and that the company could face more difficulties as anti-Chinese sentiment rose abroad.
FILE PHOTO: Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, poses in Palo Alto, California, U.S., March 4, 2020. Picture taken March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
His comments in a letter to ByteDance’s Chinese employees came after the company and Zhang were heavily criticised on Chinese social media for entering into talks with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations.
Chinese media first reported the contents of the internal letter. A source confirmed the content of the memo to Reuters.
ByteDance did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“I actually understand (the criticism),” Zhang said in the letter. “People have high expectations of a company founded by