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Facebook India’s Ankhi Das Quits After Hate Speech Controversy

The Quint
·1 min read

Facebook Inc’s public policy director for India, South and Central Asia, Ankhi Das, has stepped down to pursue interests in public service, the company said in a statement on Tuesday, 27 October, Reuters reported.

Das, who was embroiled in a major allegations of shielding hate speech by BJP MLA from Hyderabad, T Raja Singh, set off a global outcry against Facebook amid calls to remove her from the company.

Also Read: Facebook’s Ankhi Das Supported BJP in Internal Messages: Report

Between 14 August and 1 September, a string of major allegations have emerged against Facebook’s India operations and its top executives.

Wall Street Journal’s report on 14 August claims that despite the insistence of Facebook’s employees – responsible for policing the platform – to permanently ban the profile of BJP MP from Hyderabad T Raja Singh for promoting hate speech, the company’s top Public Policy Executive in India, Das, blocked applying hate speech rules to Singh.

According to the report, Das told staff members “that punishing violations by politicians from Modi’s party would damage the company’s business prospects in the country, Facebook’s biggest global market by number of users.”

Also Read: ‘I’m Being Targeted’: Journo Named in Ankhi Das’ Police Complaint

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