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Former IAS Rajiv Aggarwal appointed by Facebook to lead policy development initiatives

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Former bureaucrat and Uber executive Rajiv Aggarwal has been appointed as the director of public policy by US-based social media giant Facebook.

He will replace Ankhi Das who quit the company in October last year after getting entangled in an ugly controversy over the non-implementation of the platform’s hate-speech rules against right-wing leaders in India.

Rajiv Aggarwal’s appointment comes after a series of senior and leadership recruitment in recent months across marketing, partnerships, communications, and other key verticals demonstrating the company’s expanding charter and commitment to India.

Role of the former bureaucrat

As part of the assignment, Rajiv 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, according to a statement by the social media giant.

The former bureaucrat will report to Ajit Mohan, vice president and managing director of Facebook India, and will be a part of the India leadership team. His last assignment was with ride-hailing services Uber, where he was the head of public policy for India and South Asia, the statement said.

What Facebook India chief said

On the appointment, 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 realise 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.”

“With his expertise and experience, Rajiv will help further our mission to build transparency, accountability, empowered and safe communities, all of which we recognize as our responsibility,” he added.

Rajiv Aggarwal’s experience as an IAS

Rajiv Aggarwal comes with 26 years of experience as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and has worked as a district magistrate in nine districts across the state of Uttar Pradesh.

During his tenure as a bureaucrat, he steered India’s first-ever national policy on intellectual property rights (IPRs) as joint secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade. He was instrumental in the digital transformation of India’s IP offices, the statement said.

He has been closely associated with the India-US bilateral trade forum, besides being India’s lead negotiator on IPRs with other nations, it added.

 

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