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ByteDance snaps up former Facebook executive to further TikTok expansion

ByteDance snaps up former Facebook executive to further TikTok expansion

Former Facebook vice president of global partnerships, Blake Chandlee, has been appointed as head of strategic partnerships for TikTok.

Chandlee, who also previously worked as a senior executive for Yahoo, will assist in driving the international expansion of the fast-rising social video app. 

“I have joined ByteDance/TikTok to help Yiming Zhang [Bytedance senior vice president], Lidong Zhang [ByteDance founder] and the team scale the business outside of the domestic market in China," Chandlee said in a post to Facebook.

“The ByteDance Beijing teams have been thoughtful, eager, curious, energetic and focused....all attributes from the early days of any big tech company in Silicon Valley.”

Teething problems

TikTok is currently valued at $75billion, making it the world's most valuable startup. In February, the TikTok app racked up over a billion installs across Google Play and Apple App Store

However, the company has experienced difficulties emerging into markets in India and America, with the Indian government banning downloads of TikTok amid safety concerns for users, and America fining ByteDance $5.7million after illegal evidence was found showing details of users under the age of 13.

The parent company for the video sharing platform has also recently announced its own music streaming service to compete with Spotify and Apple Music.

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