Facebook India’s public policy director Ankhi Das has resigned to pursue interests in public service, the social media giant said in a statement on Tuesday.

“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 nine years,” a statement by Facebook India managing director, Ajith Mohan, said.

“She has been a part of my leadership team over the last two years, a role in which she has made enormous contributions. We are grateful for her service and wish her the very best for the future,” Mohan added.

The resignation comes after a Joint Parliamentary panel on October 23 grilled Das for two hours in connection with data privacy concerns.

Das appeared before the Joint Committee of Parliament on Data Protection Bill, 2019 chaired by BJP parliamentarian Meenakshi Lekhi.

Facebook India’s public policy head Das was asked some tough and searching questions by the members of the parliamentary panel.

The parliamentary panel questioned Facebook about the quantum of their revenue, profit and tax payouts in India and asked what portion of their earnings was being used for data security in the country.

In September, Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, on the alleged misuse of social media platforms.

The Facebook employees also questioned the company and Ankhi Das on political content regulation in India, which is the social media giant’s biggest market.


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