Ankhi Das: Facebook India's policy head quits amid hate speech row

28 October 2020 07:53 PM
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  • Ankhi Das: Facebook India's policy head quits amid hate speech row

Facebook India's policy head Ankhi Das has resigned two months after the social media giant was embroiled in a hate speech controversy in the country.

The Wall Street Journal had accused Facebook of going easy on ruling party supporters who allegedly violated hate speech rules with anti-Muslim posts.

The paper also alleged that Ms Das had made the controversial decisions and was politically partisan.

Facebook denied the allegations and said it did not favour any party.

But the row put the company in a delicate position in its biggest market. Its head of business for India, Ajit Mohan, was later grilled by an Indian parliamentary committee.

Mr Mohan said in a statement on Tuesday that Ms Das had stepped down from her role in Facebook to pursue "her interest in public service".

He added that Ms Das, who was one of the company's first employees in India, had "played an instrumental role" in its growth and had made "enormous contributions".


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