© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The brand for social media platform X, following the rebranding of Twitter, is seen overlaying the outdated brand on this illustration taken, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
By Aditya Kalra
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Social media platform X’s head of policy for India and South Asia, Samiran Gupta, has resigned, two sources stated, a high departure that comes forward of India elections and because the firm fights a court docket battle with New Delhi over content material removing.
Gupta was essentially the most senior India worker for X, previously often called Twitter, and accountable for “key content-related policy issues” and “defending Twitter’s position with new policy developments and support in-country sales organization,” in accordance with his LinkedIn profile.
Gupta, who was designated as X’s Head of Global Government Affairs for India and South Asia, declined to remark to Reuters. X didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Gupta’s tenure at X resulted in September, in accordance with Gupta’s LinkedIn profile, which stated he “enabled transition leadership for Twitter post acquisition by Elon Musk led X-Corp.”
He had joined the corporate in February, 2022, eight months earlier than Musk accomplished his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter Inc (NYSE:).
X counts India as a key market, with round 27 million customers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and different authorities officers are common customers of the platform.
There are roughly 15 X staff in capabilities like compliance and engineering in India, stated one of many sources, however Gupta was the one government partaking with the federal government and political events.
Interaction between X and authorities and get together officers would intensify usually throughout the run as much as polls, and a nationwide election is because of happen in India subsequent yr.
X is interesting towards an Indian court docket ruling that it had did not adjust to authorities orders to take away sure content material, arguing it may embolden New Delhi to dam extra content material and broaden the scope for censorship.
India in September informed a court docket X is a “habitual non-compliant platform” and for years has not adopted many orders to take away content material, undermining the federal government’s function.