Facebook’s public policy director for India, South and Central Asia, Ankhi Das, has stepped down to pursue interests in public service, the company said in a commentary on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Sunil Abraham was once appointed by the social media giant as the public policy director for data and emerging technology.
Facebook Vice President & Managing Director India, Ajit Mohan, in a commentary said, “Ankhi has made up our minds to step down from her role in Facebook to pursue her interest in public service. Ankhi was once one of our earliest employees in India and played an instrumental role in the growth of the company and its services and products during the last 9 years. She has been part of my leadership team during the last 2 years, a role in which she has made immense contributions. We are grateful for her service and wish her the easiest for the future.”
The resignation comes weeks after Facebook and Das faced questions internally from employees over how political satisfied is regulated in its biggest market, India.
Facebook is battling a public-relations and political crisis in India after the Wall Road Publication reported that Das objected applying the company’s hate-speech rules to a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party who had in posts called Muslims traitors.
In the United States and world wide, Facebook employees are raising questions approximately if adequate procedures and satisfied regulation practices were being followed by the India team, sources familiar with discussions told Reuters. An open letter written to Facebook’s leadership by 11 employees on one internal platform, and seen by Reuters, demands company leaders acknowledge and denounce “anti-Muslim bigotry” and make sure more policy consistency.
The letter also demanded that Facebook’s “policy team in India (and elsewhere) includes diverse representation.” “It is tough not to feel frustrated and saddened by the incidents reported …We realize we are not alone in this. Employees across the company are expressing similar sentiment,” said the letter. “The Muslim community at Facebook wish to hear from Facebook leadership on our asks.”
Facebook has been under fire lately for its lax approach to fake news satisfied, state-backed disinformation campaigns and violent satisfied spread via its platforms.
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