Social media platform X’s head of policy for India and South Asia, Samiran Gupta has reportedly resigned from the top post.
He was tasked with overseeing crucial content-related policy matters and advocating for Twitter’s stance in light of emerging policy changes, as well as providing support to the local sales team.
Gupta, who was designated as X’s Head of Global Government Affairs for India and South Asia, declined to comment. X did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gupta’s tenure at X ended in September, according to Gupta’s LinkedIn profile, which said he “enabled transition leadership for Twitter post acquisition by Elon Musk led X-Corp.”
He became a part of the company in February 2022, a mere eight months before Musk finalized his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter Inc.
According to one source, there are roughly 15 X employees in roles related to compliance and engineering in India. However, Gupta was the sole executive responsible for liaising with the government and political parties.
The departure comes ahead of Indian elections and as the company fights a court battle over content removal.
Interaction between X and government and party officials would intensify typically during the run-up to polls.
X counts India as a key market, with around 27 million users. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other government officials are regular users of the platform.
X is appealing against an Indian court ruling that it had failed to comply with government orders to remove certain content, arguing it could embolden New Delhi to block more content and broaden the scope for censorship.
India in September told a court X is a “habitual non-compliant platform” and for years has not followed many orders to remove content, undermining the government’s role.