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TikTok Dismissed All of Its Indian Employees

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TikTok Dismissed All of Its Indian Employees

There is big news from well know social media platform TikTok about its Indian employees. On Thursday, February 9, 2023, according to sources familiar with the situation, Chinese based ByteDance's short video app TikTok, fired all of its employees based in India earlier this week.

As per reports, around 40 TikTok employees were informed via a phone call about their termination. The company offered the employees severance pay for up to six to seven months, so they have the time to search for other options.

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One of the anonymous sources said:

"The employees of TikTok India were informed that their last day would be February 28 and was given the chance to look for other opportunities, as it was conveyed that restoring operations in India will not be impossible due to the government's stance on Chinese apps."

Back in Jun 2020, the Indian government banned TikTok and nearly 300 other Chinese apps saying that the use of these apps has concerns with national security. Many employees in the India office have shifted their focus to outside markets in Dubai and Brazil.

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Another source said:

"Recently the entire Indian office team was informed that business in India might be shut down, so look for work. The majority of people will be given 90 days of severance pay.”

On Friday, a TikTok spokesperson announced that the company has decided to close its India remote sales support hub, which was founded at the end of 2020 to assist its global and regional sales teams.

The spokesperson expressed gratitude to the employees and acknowledged their contributions to the company. They also assured the employees that they would be supported during this difficult time.

In India, TikTok had over 200 million users, which is considered to be its largest market outside of its home country.

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Following the closure of TikTok, rival company Meta-owned Instagram launched Reels, a short-form video platform that has proven to be a profitable venture for them.

Courtesy: ProPakistani

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