As new insights into TikTok's connections to the Chinese Communist Party have emerged this week, a list of leaked internal documents at its parent company, ByteDance, shows it employs 138 members of the Chinese Communist Party at its Beijing headquarters.
Many of these individuals are in high-ranking leadership or technical positions. Per Chinese law, all Chinese companies are required to have at least one CCP member on their executive team. Like ByteDance, many have an internal group of CCP members that sit on a company committee.
Several notable names of CCP members on the leaked list include:
- Zhang Fuping, chief editor and vice president of ByteDance, who oversees censorship on the company's social platforms
- Zhang Nan, the business director of Feishu, a workplace communications app known as Lark in international markets
- Meng Haibo, director of public affairs at ByteDance
- Dang Liya, a senior manager of ByteDance's language training apps
- Xia Yong, chief editor of Toutiao, a news aggregator app owned by ByteDance
Since it was founded in 2012, ByteDance has grown to a total of 230 global offices that employ more than 60,000 people. It is unknown how many of these employees might also have connections to the CCP. The company has more than one billion accumulated users worldwide.