Owing to the General Elections going to take place in India later this year, all Social Media platforms are under the scanner of the government agencies as well as the judicial bodies for spreading fake news and publishing content that leads up to building propaganda in the society.
By the late 2018, all leading Social Media platforms were operating without a Country Head. However, with the government of India keeping a close look on the content that reaches out to the audience, all these major platforms have looked to fill the empty chair in the past few months.
Facebook India filled the position of Managing Director as well as Vice President by appointing Ajit Mohan for the same after Umang Bedi’s departure in October 2017. Ajit Mohan has joined and taken up his role effective immediately.
Ajit Mohan, previously the CEO of Hotstar and having worked with management consulting firms, namely McKinsey & Co. as well as Arthur D. Little has over 20 years of experience and looks forward to put all of this to create a positive impact with Facebook India.
With this role, Mohan will be responsible for aligning teams & driving overall strategy. He said that during his duration at Facebook India, he will be working closely with stakeholders across multiple spectrums to help build deep & meaningful communities in India. Further fighting fake news, Facebook India also roped in Trushar Barot, BBC’s former Senior Digital Strategist, who is expected to join by the end of this month.
Other Social Media platforms have also been looking to fill the necessary positions to avoid spreading fake news. Whatsapp appointed Komal Lahiri as their Local Grievance Officer and Abhijit Bose, former Co-Founder & CEO of Digital Payments firm Ezetap to head Whatsapp in India. LinkedIn also filled up the post by appointing Mahesh Narayanan as their country manager. However, Twitter is still looking out for a suitable candidate to head the operations in India.