A view of the ByteDance booth at the Digital China Summit 2021 Photo: cnsphoto
TikTok owner ByteDance said on Wednesday that a male employee, who was sent to hospital after feeling ill while exercising at a gym near TikTok headquarters ByteDance in Beijing, passed away.
According to an internal statement seen by Global Times, after 41 hours of rescue, the employee, surnamed Wu, perished. The company will cover all media expenses and provide financial assistance to Wu’s family.
Wu felt dizzy about an hour after working out at the gym on Tuesday night and went to the teahouse to rest, when his trainer served him a glass of sugar water and informed the reception administrator to activate the SOS service number. Wu vomited while resting, according to an initial internal company statement on Wednesday.
At 7:18 p.m., the coach called the ambulance. At the same time, the security manager and another security officer at the scene performed CPR first aid on Wu.
According to the post from a social media account, who claimed to be Wu’s wife, the 28-year-old employee is an image algorithm engineer in ByteDance’s video architecture department and has been with the company for a long time. almost four years and it has often worked over time.
The woman complained that Wu might have missed the best moment of rescue.
The event drew criticism among Chinese social media users, with most denouncing the overtime culture of Chinese internet companies, or the notorious “996” work culture, although Wu’s death may not be directly related. overtime. The 996 schedule refers to the expectation that employees work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.
One user sarcastically stated that “heart or byte, only one of them is dancing”.
Separately, Bilibili, one of China’s leading video-sharing platforms, has faced increasing pressure after the death of an employee, even after the company denied claims that excessive work caused death, with some of the employee’s family criticizing the company’s handling of the incident. .
Chinese tech giants have pledged to improve working conditions despite persistent criticism since the second half of last year.
ByteDance was one of the first major Chinese tech companies to push back the ‘996’ schedule last year by telling its employees they shouldn’t work past 7 p.m. and should request advance notice. permission to stay beyond this time.
Chinese tech giant Tencent’s WeChat business unit reportedly tried to operate the “1065” working system, which is from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for five days a week.