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ByteDance AI Lab Head to Leave

July 28, 2020 5:24 pm

BEIJING (PingWest) — China’s tech unicorn ByteDance said on Tuesday the head of its Artificial Lntelligence (AI) lab, Ma Wei-Ying, will leave the company, as the fast-growing company faces US national security review, Reuters reported.

Ma will leave this week, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. It is unclear who will replace him.

Ma Wei-Ying was an Assistant Managing Director at Microsoft Research Asia where he supervised several research groups, including AI, Machine Learning, Natrual Language Computing, Web Search and Data Mining, his Linkedin profile says. In 2017, Ma joined ByteDance to become a vice president and head of the AI lab.

Ma’s leave comes as ByteDance’s flagship app TikTok faces challenges over the world. India has banned the app among 58 others in the end of June, and could ban over 200 other apps in the country, according to India Today. The US is “looking at” barring the use of TikTok which got a new boost from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are extremely grateful to Wei-Ying for his important contribution to ByteDance,” a ByteDance spokeswoman said.

Technology news media The Information said Ma planned to take a position at one of China’s top universities — Tsinghua University.