HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The post was vacant for almost a year after, Ankhi Das had stepped down
  • Facebook India has appointed Rajiv Aggarwal as the director of public policy
  • Rajiv comes with 26 years of experience as an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS), and was a district magistrate in nine districts across UP

Today, the social media giant Facebook India announced that former bureaucrat and Uber executive Rajiv Aggarwal has been appointed as the director of public policy. The post was vacant for almost a year after Ankhi Das had stepped down.

Aggarwal comes with 26 years of experience as an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS), working from grassroots to the global level. He was also a district magistrate in nine districts across the state of Uttar Pradesh. In the new role assigned to him, Aggarwal will define and lead important policy development initiatives for Facebook in India on an agenda that covers user safety, data protection and privacy, inclusion, and internet governance. After this, he will be required to report to Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook India, Ajit Mohan.

Rajiv’s last assignment was with Uber, where he was the head of public policy for India and South Asia. He steered India’s first-ever national policy on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) as joint secretary in the department for the promotion of industry and internal trade and was instrumental in the digital transformation of India’s IP offices.

Ajit Mohan said Facebook is an ally for the exciting economic and social transformation that India is witnessing, with digital playing a central role. “We realize we are deeply immersed in the fabric of India and we have the opportunity to help build a more inclusive and safe internet that benefits everyone in the country. I’m thrilled that Rajiv is joining us to lead the public policy team.”

Ankhi Das had stepped down in October last year after a controversy erupted over Facebook’s enforcement of its hate speech policy. Reports suggested that the social media company did not remove content by members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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