Facebook India appoints former IAS commissioner Rajiv Aggarwal as public policy director

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Facebook India has appointed former IAS commissioner Rajiv Aggarwal as Director of Public Policy. He succeeds Ankhi Das, who left the company in October last year. She has been embroiled in controversy for opposing the enforcement of hate speech rules against right-wing leaders in the country.

In his new role, Aggarwal will define and lead key policy development initiatives for Facebook in India on an agenda that includes user safety, data protection and privacy, inclusion and internet governance, the company said in a statement.

He will report to Facebook India’s Vice President and General Manager Ajit Mohan and be part of the Indian leadership team, it said.

Aggarwal has over 26 years experience as an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) and has served as a district judge in nine districts in Uttar Pradesh.

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During his tenure as an administrative officer, he steered India’s first national intellectual property rights policy (IPRs) as joint secretary in the Ministry of Industry Promotion and Domestic Trade and was instrumental in the digital transformation of India’s intellectual property offices, the statement said.

Aggarwal’s last post was at Uber, where he was Head of Public Policy for India and South Asia.

Ajit Mohan greeted Aggarwal in a LinkedIn post, saying that Facebook is committed to being an ally in India’s exciting economic and social transformation and looks forward to sharing Aggarwal’s experience working across sectors and dealing with issues at the borders of the country to take advantage of the country’s economic development.

Aggarwal’s appointment comes after a series of executive and executive recruits over the past few months in marketing, partnerships, communications and other key industries that demonstrate the company’s growing commitment to India.

(With PTI inputs)

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