Shivnath Thukral, WhatsApp public policy director to replace Ankhi Das as interim policy head, says report

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Ankhi Das resigned as Facebook Tuesday the director of public policy for India, South and Central Asia. Facebook he said Das resigned to pursue interests in public service. Shivnath Thukral, WhatsApp’s current director of public policy, has been asked to take over Das functions on an interim basis until a replacement can be found, TIME reported. However, there is no official news from the company yet.

Thukral worked for two years as the Facebook director of public policy for India and South Asia until March 2020.

The August publication reported that Thukral, one of Das’ key lieutenants at the time, had dropped out of a meeting in 2019 when an activist raised concerns about a post from the ruling party’s lawmaker. The post remained online for more than a year after the meeting. Facebook in response he said he had internally flagged the post for hate speech.

“Ankhi has decided to leave his role in Facebook to pursue his interest in public service. Ankhi was one of our first employees in India and has been instrumental in the growth of the company and its services over the past 9 years “, Ajit Mohan, Managing Director India of Facebook, he said in an e-mailed statement. Das was called by a parliamentary jury on political content also on the Facebooksta social media platform on data protection law.

A FIR was filed in August against Das for allegedly wounding religious sentiments and inciting community violence. A Wall Street Journall report highlighted that Facebook India’s top public policy executive did not apply hate speech rules to at least four individuals and groups related to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which was internally flagged for promoting violence. The report noted that Das had told staff members that punishing the violations would hurt Facebook’s business outlook in the country.

Shivnath Thukral, WhatsApp’s director of public policy, was asked to take over the duties of Das on an interim basis until a replacement is found, as reported.

News Underline:

  • Ankhi Das resigned as Facebook the director of public policy on Tuesday to pursue interests in the public service, Facebook She said.
  • Shivnath Thukral, current director of public policy at WhatsApp, was asked to take over the duties of Das on an interim basis.
  • Last week, Das was called by a parliamentary jury on political content also on the social media platform Facebooksta on data protection law.
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