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WhatsApp India head Abhijit Bose, Meta India public policy director Rajiv Aggarwal resign


Just days after Meta India’s CEO Ajit Mohan left to join rival Snap, WhatsApp‘s head of India, Abhijit Bose, and Meta’s country head of public policy, Rajiv Aggarwal, both left the social networking giant.

According to reports, Meta confirmed both executives’ departures on Tuesday. Shivnath Thukral has been appointed as the company’s director of public policy in the country, succeeding Aggarwal, who joined the company only a year ago from Uber.

“Rajiv Aggarwal has decided to leave his position at Meta to pursue another opportunity.” He has played an important role in leading our policy-led initiatives in areas such as user safety, and privacy, and scaling up programs such as GOAL to drive digital inclusion in the country over the last year. In addition, he has led proactive engagement with key policy and regulatory stakeholders. We appreciate his contributions and wish him the best in the future. We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Shivnath Thukral as Meta’s Director of Public Policy in India. Shivnath has been a valuable member of our Public Policy team since 2017. Shivnath will define and lead important policy development initiatives across our apps in India, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. “We remain committed to our users in India and will continue to make meaningful contributions to the regulatory process that will enable everyone to realize the full potential of India’s digital economy,” said Manish Chopra, Meta India’s Director of Partnerships.

“I’d like to thank Abhijit Bose for his tremendous contributions as WhatsApp’s first Head of Operations in India.” His entrepreneurial spirit aided our team in launching new services that benefited millions of people and businesses. There is so much more WhatsApp can do for India, and we are thrilled to continue advancing India’s digital transformation.” – Will Cathcart, WhatsApp’s CEO.

According to reports, both executives resigned on their own accord; it is unclear how and if their departures are related to Mohan’s decision, but neither is related to the 11,000 layoffs announced by Meta last week.

Bose joined WhatsApp in February 2019 after more than 7 years as the co-founder and CEO of the payments platform Ezetap (which is now a part of Razorpay).

WhatsApp and Meta have faced heavy criticism in India, one of the company’s most important markets, over the years due to a number of controversies. These have included allegations of antitrust violations, privacy violations, and facilitating the spread of fake news, which resulted in election tampering. The country’s legal system is still dealing with some of the regulatory fallout from this.

As a result of the increased redundancy, the company must now figure out how to manage all of these issues in addition to the day-to-day operations of running and expanding the platform.

Dhanshree Badhe

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