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TikTok Investigating Claims of Aggressive Work Culture

As a direct fallout of an executive of popular social media platform, TikTok allegedly saying that he did not believe employees should get maternity leave, the company is currently investigating claims of an aggressive work culture within the establishment.

As reported in the Financial Times (FT), Joshua Ma has now stepped back and been replaced in his role leading the social media firm’s UK ecommerce team.


This comes on the heels of a probe by the newspaper, which alleged a staff exodus from TikTok’s London offices.

According to the FT, the launch of TikTok Shop – the firm’s livestream shopping feature – in the UK prompted a number of staff to leave and complaints about an aggressive culture that goes against typical working practices in Britain.

The newspaper also carried reports of long working hours, with members of the ecommerce team saying they are expected to regularly work more than 12 hours a day.

The incident with Mr Ma relates to a dinner with staff earlier this year, where he allegedly said that as a “capitalist”, he “didn’t believe” companies should offer maternity leave.

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