Facebook Inc’s top India lobbyist Ankhi Das has quit, the US tech giant said on Tuesday, months after a political controversy erupted over how the popular social media network regulates political content in the country. Das, who was Facebook’s public policy head for India, South & Central Asia, has decided to step down to pursue her interest in public service, the company said in a statement. Facebook and Das drew criticism from opposition lawmakers after The Wall Street Journal newspaper in August reported that she opposed applying hate-speech restrictions to some Hindu nationalist individuals and groups, fearing damage to Facebook’s business prospects. After the article, Facebook India head Ajit Mohan defended Das and the company’s policies in an internal community post seen by Reuters.
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