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Election preparations, X’s Head of Policy for India and South Asia, resigns – Samiran Gupta

In the midst of a legal dispute with New Delhi, Samiran Gupta, head of policy for India and South Asia at X, resigned.

X’s head of policy for South Asia and India, Samiran Gupta, has quit, according to Reuters. According to the news agency, this huge departure happens just before India’s elections and in the midst of the business’s continuing legal dispute with New Delhi over content removal.

According to reports, Gupta was in charge of “critical content-related policy matters” and was charged with “advocating for Twitter’s stance in response to evolving policies while supporting the local sales team,” according to his LinkedIn profile. He reportedly held the highest position for X, formerly known as Twitter, in India.

Gupta’s time at X ended in September, according to his LinkedIn profile. According to his LinkedIn, he helped Twitter’s leadership transition after Elon Musk’s X-Corp bought the company. According to the story, Gupta joined the business in February 2022, just eight months before Musk acquired Twitter Inc. for $44 billion.

X views India, which has over 27 million users, as a crucial market. Numerous government representatives, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, frequently utilize the website.

The same research states that there are roughly 15 workers in India working in compliance and engineering-related positions. However, Gupta was the only executive in charge of communicating with the political parties and the government.

In the run-up to elections, interactions between X and party and government officials would generally intensify, and India will host a national election in 2019.

X is now appealing a judgment from an Indian court that found the business had not complied with government requests to remove particular information in a sufficient manner. X contends that this decision might give New Delhi more authority to regulate content and enlarge its purview.

India informed a court in September that X is a platform that routinely disobeys orders, persistently disobeying several demands to remove information. This behavior has been perceived as weakening the legitimacy and function of the government.