Facebook’s public policy director responsible for India, South Asia and Central Asia, Ankhi Das, has resigned to “pursue her interest in public service”. Facebook Managing Director for India operations, Ajit Mohan, said in a statement: “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”.

Recently, Das was questioned by the company employees over how she and her team regulate the political content in India. She was criticised by the left-leaning opposition following a report published in The Wall Street Journal claiming that Ankhi opposed applying restrictions on hate-speech by some of the Hindu nationalist groups and individuals.

It was alleged that Ankhi took the decision in fear of damaging Facebook’s business prospects in India.

Ajit Mohan had defended Das in a community post, which was quoted by news agency Reuters as: “The article does not reflect the person I know or the extraordinarily complex issues we face everyday that benefits from Ankhi and the Public Policy team’s expertise”.