Facebook's Indian head of public Policy Ankhi Das quits.




Ankhi Das, Facebook's head of public policy who was involved over alleged bias in blocking hate content on the social media platform, and thus quit the company.


"Ankhi has decided to step down from her role on Facebook to pursue her interests in public service. Ankhi was one of our earliest employees in India and played an instrumental role in the growth of the company and its services over the last 9 years," Ajit Mohan, Managing Director India of Facebook, told in an e-mailed statement.

Das faced allegations of opposing enforcement of hate-speech rules against BJP and other right-wing leaders. She was also accused of posting messages in support of the BJP for several years on the Facebook group of the company's employees.

Her resignation came about two and a half months after she shot first into the limelight due to the allegations.


“When I joined Facebook in 2011, internet growth in the country was woefully low and I often wondered how social and economic asymmetries will be addressed,” Das said announcing her resignation. " We were a small unlisted startup back when then guided only by our mission and purpose to connect people in India. After 9 long years, I feel that the mission has largely been met.


There is an enormous amount I have learnt from incredible smart and talented people in the company, particularly from people on the policy team. This is a special company and a special group of people, she also said.


She thanked Mark Zuckerberg for creating "something beautiful for the world". She hopped that she has served the well.


The controversy around her began on August 15 when The Wall Street Journal report alleged that Ankhi Das had blocked action against leaders associated with the BJP and other Hindutva groups.


Over 40 human rights and internet watchdog organisations had called on Facebook to place Das on leave until the company finishes administering on ongoing audit of it's India operation.



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