China’s Twitter boss quits job in seven months

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Twitter’s head of operations in China, Kathy Chen, has left the company after completing seven months.

Kathy Chen, Twitter Inc. executive in China, has declared her exit from the company following a restructuring of business in the South Asian nation.

This is another major blow to the social media giant after the recent exit of chief technology officer Adam Messinger and chief operating officer Adam Bain.

Ms. Chen’s exit has made Twitter’s image quite shaky since the list of departing high profile executives is adding up.

Although Twitter is blocked in China, it allows Chinese advertisers reach out to the global audience. The social networking platform is quite popular with Chinese dissidents present in the western countries.

Ms. Chen, had previously worked for companies like Cisco and Microsoft; she was hired as the managing director for Twitter's Chinese operations in April 2016.

Kathy Chen wrote on the site, since Twitter APAC [Asia Pacific] team is working in direct coordination with Chinese advertisers “this is the right time for me to leave the company."  

This 12-tweet message also consisted of claims that revenue from Chinese advertising partners had surged 400% in the past two years and also the Hong Kong office, which was rumored to be shut, would remain active "for now".

There are speculations that, Chen’s relationship with Twitter came to a sudden halt when China is urging for increased internet curbs.

The country has doomed foreign social media as a prime source for fake news and cyberterrorism, sending dangerous signals to Western firms which are wanting a share of the Chinese market.

On the other hand, Twitter has undergone a major shakeup, after the announcement made in October that the firm would cut more than nine percent of its worldwide workforce with an aim to lessen the costs.

Country heads in India and Australia have already left their positions in the past 2 months.