Tanya Gabriel has resigned after being criticized for social media remarks made in the run-up to last year’s elections in India.
The officer has left her position as VP and head of Facebook’s India and South Asia region, according to a Facebook spokesperson.
Reacting to questions over how users of Facebook’s Whatsapp messaging service might be defamed by material posted by its employees, Gabriel said: “The absence of a scaleable corporate defense team means that people who have been accused of disseminating falsehoods can’t seek recourse and defend themselves. We should not make this situation worse by adding to it”.
Sanjay Gupta, a top Facebook India executive, previously apologized for the remarks made by Gabriel and then resigned last November.
The controversy coincided with the beginning of India’s state elections which eventually cost the BJP their parliamentary majority in the country.
India has the world’s second-largest number of internet users and second-largest social media population, according to Facebook.