TikTok owner ByteDance reportedly let go of hundreds of staff across several divisions before the end of 2022 as part of the company’s attempts to simplify operations.
ByteDance is one of the major employers in China’s tech industry and has over 100,000 workers globally. Therefore, the number of people affected by the layoffs is relatively minimal. ByteDance is owned privately; hence, the company is under no obligation to announce any changes in its operations publicly.
The ByteDance layoffs were initially reported by the Chinese news organization Jiemian. According to the article, around 10% of ByteDance’s workforce was affected by the company’s decision to discontinue support for Feishu (formerly known as Lark), a corporate communication tool.