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TikTok investigating allegations of aggressive work culture: report

London, June 10 (IANS): Short video platform TikTok is reportedly investigating allegations of an aggressive work culture after a senior company executive said he “didn’t believe” in maternity leave.

Joshua Ma has now stepped back and been replaced in his role as head of the social media company’s UK e-commerce team, the BBC reported citing the Financial Times.

This follows an investigation by the newspaper which alleged an exodus of staff from TikTok’s London offices.

According to the Financial Times, the launch of TikTok Shop – the company’s live shopping feature – in the UK prompted a number of employees to leave and complain about an aggressive culture that goes to the against typical working practice in Britain.

The newspaper also published reports of long working hours, with e-commerce team members saying they regularly had to work more than 12 hours a day.

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

The company said it has a clear maternity leave policy in the UK, which includes 30 weeks of paid leave.

But the alleged remarks are seen as a sign of a wider culture clash between TikTok’s Chinese owners, ByteDance, and a number of its London-based employees.

“We are investigating the alleged statements and actions to determine if there has been a violation of company policies,” a TikTok spokesperson said.

On work-life balance, the spokesperson said employees “may at times need to work hours that align with customer usage patterns.

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