Ankhi Das, Facebook’s India policy head, quits

New Delhi: Facebook's India policy head Ankhi Das, who was at the centre of the controversy over the social media network’s alleged bias in favour of the ruling Modi-led government, and violation of its own hate speech policy in India, has quit the company.

In a statement, Ajit Mohan, vice president and managing director, Facebook India, said, "Ankhi has decided to step down from her role in Facebook to pursue her interest in public service".

The move also comes close on the heels of Ankhi’s appearance before the Joint Committee of Parliament that is examining the draft Data Protection Bill.

The controversy over Facebook’s and Ankhi’s role in not adequately controlling hate speech on the platform, and political bias in India, started over two months back, when a report published by 'The Wall Street Journal' alleged that the company violated its own rules for hate speech to favour some individuals, including those associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after Ankhi’s intervention.

The report had stated that, according to Ankhi, punishing violations by politicians from the ruling party “would damage the company’s business prospects in the country”.

 

 

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