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Facebook India’s controversial policy chief has resigned

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Mint Exclusive: Profile Shoot Of Facebook India And South & Central Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das Photo by Priyanka Parashar / Mint via Getty Images

India’s ET Now is reporting that Ankhi Das, the Facebook policy chief for India, has resigned her position after months of escalating pressure from activists. Das told ET she was leaving the company to pursue public service.

Facebook India has struggled to respond to the growing threat of hate speech against Muslims, often preceding horrific acts of mob violence. Facebook had been slow to take action against many of the Hindu nationalist groups responsible for the violence, leading to concerns that the company was repeating the mistakes that preceded similar violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

The official line is that Ankhi Das is leaving to pursue her 'personal interest in public service.' Her exit comes months after she was under...

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