In a first for any region, Facebook has set up a six-member India-specific board, to be headed by Ajit Mohan, who was appointed as the country’s managing director and vice-president in September last year, Mint reported, citing a person in the know.
With this move, the India office will report directly to the US parent instead of being a part of Facebook’s Asia-Pacific operations.
The move comes at a time when the government is discussing IT [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] drafted by the ministry of electronics and information technology in December. The rules mandate that social media platforms have a local presence and a grievance officer in the country to address the issue of fake news.
The board includes Sandeep Bhushan, director and head of global marketing solutions; Ankhi Das, policy director; Prashanth Aluru, strategy and operations director, Manish Chopra, director of partnerships; and Amrit Ahuja, director of communications. Mohan had joined Facebook from over-the-top service provider Hotstar in September. He will be reporting to David Fischer, part of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s core team.
India is Facebook’s largest market outside the US and ahead of general elections, it is expected to play a large role in outreach. The company also stated that it will be extending some of its political advertising rules ahead of the elections in May to check the spread of fake news.