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Ankhi Das, Facebook India Policy head quits company

Ipshita Bagchi

Ankhi Das quits Facebook

Ankhi Das has quit Facebook. She was the director of public policy for India, South and Central Asia regions of the company's operations.

In August, World Street Journal reported that Facebook India did not apply rules of their Hate-speech Policy on some BJP politicians on the direction of their senior executive. This led to a political controversy between Congress and BJP.

Ankhi Das soon emerged as the person in question. 

Das was accused of interfering with the company's hate-speech policy in order to favor the BJP and other right-wing personalities.

She was also accused of posting messages in support of the BJP on a Facebook group of the company's employees.

Ajit Mohan, Managing Director at Facebook India said, "Ankhi has decided to step down from her role in Facebook to pursue her interest 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. She has been a part of my leadership team over the last 2 years, a role in which she has made enormous contributions. We are grateful for her service and wish her the very best for the future."

Ankhi's resignation statement

Ankhi's resignation came two-and-a-half-months after the controversial situation came to light. 

In her departing statement she said, "We were a small unlisted startup back then guided only by our mission and purpose to connect people in India. After nine long years, I feel that the mission has largely been met."

She further stated, "There is an enormous amount I have learnt from incredibly smart and talented people in the company, particularly from people on the policy team."

Ending her note she added, "This is a special company and a special group of people. I know we will be in touch on Facebook."

While it seems that Ankhi has quit Facebook due to the alleged controversy, the company says that she did so to pursue her interest in Public Service.

Das was with Facebook for 9 years as a lead employee. She joined Facebook in 2011.

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