NEW DELHI: Twitter’s Public Policy Director for India and South Asia has resigned to pursue other interests, the microblogging site confirmed in a statement. The company also advertised for a position of Director of Public Policy – India last week.

This is because the San Francisco-based company is on the receiving end of the Indian government over a matter of blocking and unblocking certain handles tweeting about farmers’ protests.

Sources said the resignation of the executive – which continues to lead talks with the government – has nothing to do with the recent controversy.

Monique Meche, VP, Public Policy, Twitter said in a statement: “Early this year, Mahima Kaul decided to step down from her role as Twitter Public Policy Director for India and South Asia to take a well-deserved break. at Twitter, but after more than five years in the role, we respect her desire to focus on the most important people and relationships in her personal life.” Kaul will remain in her role and support the transition until the end of March, Meche added.

“The Public Policy team serves as Twitter ambassadors for government policymakers, regulators and civil society organizations on public policy issues. We focus on addressing issues such as advocacy for an open internet, freedom of expression, privacy, online safety, net neutrality and data protection to further the interests of Twitter and our customers. In addition, we serve as the #TwitterForGood team and provide guidance, resources and support for Twitter’s mission of corporate social responsibility,” the company said in its job description on LinkedIn.

“As Twitter’s India-based public policy leader, you will drive the development and advocacy of public policy solutions to pressing high-tech problems. Specifically, you will manage and build a team of public policy and philanthropy specialists to protect and advance Twitter’s interests in India, it added among other key performance areas.

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