Facebook’s Head of Public policy quits after a week of facing huge backlash and questioning from the employees and the Parliament panel. Her name came up in a recent controversy over alleged bias by the social networking giant in dealing with hate speeches.
In a statement published by Ajit Mohan, Facebook India’s managing Director has mentioned, “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 nine years. She has been a part of my leadership team over the last two 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.”
Das’s resignation comes weeks after both the company and she faced questions – both internally from employees and from the Indian government – over how political content is regulated on the popular social media platform, which boasts over 300 million users in the country.
She faced allegations of opposing enforcement of hate-speech rules against BJP and other right-wing leaders. She was also accused of posing messages in support of the BJP for several years on a Facebook group of the company’s employees.
Her resignation came after two and a half months after she was shot into the attention due to the accusations. Facebook made the announcement Tuesday, saying Das was now going to “pursue her interest in public service”