Who is Facebook’s new policy head, what is the relationship with TV channel and politics?

The policy head of Facebook India, Ankhi Das, resigned from the company of Mark Zuckerberg. Das had been embroiled in controversy for a few months, surrounded by allegations of carrying out activities in favor of the political party, which is in power at the Center in India. Now Facebook has chosen Shivnath Thukral for this post. There are many interesting things about Thakral, who had earlier done the policy responsibility for Whatsapp policy, which is worth knowing.

The end result of the ongoing debate over the rules regarding Hate Speech resulted in allegations on Facebook that no concrete steps were taken in this regard. There was speculation about Das’s resignation surrounded by these allegations for some time and he has now resigned. After Das’s resignation, it has not been officially said that Thakral is taking a takeover, but reports are making such claims.

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Who is Shivnath Thakral?Thakral has also been associated with Facebook before. From 2017 to March this year, Thakral, who served as public policy director for India and South Asia for FB-owned social platform WhatsApp, reported directly to Das, who was the policy head for India, South and Central Asia. Was. In this role, Thakral’s job was to deal and lobby with the government in the interest of the company.

After the investigation by WSJ, FB India was surrounded by controversies.

Prior to this, Thakral had done journalism with news channel NDTV for 14 years. After journalism, he did not come directly into this corporate, but before that he worked as MD with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think-tank of foreign policy.

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Is Thakral the controversial face?
Although achievements in Thakral’s professional life were not small, but some controversies were also associated with him. Time magazine called him ‘the most loyal soldier’ ​​of Ankhi Das. On the other hand, according to Time’s report, Thakral has also done digital campaigning for BJP for almost a year before the 2014 general election.

What was the controversy related to Facebook?
Time itself had reported that the game of misuse of power was going on within Facebook India. Das had the responsibility to properly assess the posts of political people and parties and take appropriate action on violation of rules related to hate speech. But something else happened! For example, BJP MLA Shailaditya Dey of Assam put up a post about ‘rapist of Bangladeshi Muslims’. It was not removed from Facebook for a year and Das was accused that he deliberately ignored it.

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When such facts came to light after the investigation by the Wall Street Journal, then the anger of Facebook against this attitude was aroused and after that many such controversial posts of alleged powerful people were removed.

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Ankhi Das, who took leave from Facebook India.

Why did Das have to resign?
In August 2020, when the Wall Street Journal published its investigative report, it accused FB India’s team of compromising in favor of the ruling party. Be it the garland of the Assam MLA’s post against Facebook guidelines or the post of Telangana BJP MP T Raja Singh, the WSJ report directly stated that the FB team used such posts to protect relations with the ruling party. According to the guidelines for removal, do not take timely steps.

After this, a political and social storm arose and Ankhi Das, who came in its power, had to resign. It is worth noting that in the last few years, FB, WhatsApp has been considered as a social media platform, which is charged with promoting hate speech with hate content and misleading content in respect of cow protection, foreign nationals or in other cases. Kept looking

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