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X Social Media's India, South Asia Policy Head Gupta Resigns - Sources

Gupta, who was designated as X's Head of Global Government Affairs for India and South Asia, declined to comment to Reuters.

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New Delhi: Social media platform X's head of policy for India and South Asia, Samiran Gupta has resigned, two sources said, a top departure that comes ahead of Indian elections and as the company fights a court battle with New Delhi over content removal.

Gupta was the most senior India employee for X, formerly known as Twitter, and was responsible for "key content-related policy issues" and "defending Twitter's position with new policy developments and support in-country sales organization," according to his LinkedIn profile. (Also Read: Apple's Generous Exchange Offer: Get Up To Rs 41,500 Trade-In Value on iPhone 15 Purchase)

Gupta, who was designated as X's Head of Global Government Affairs for India and South Asia, declined to comment to Reuters. X did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Also Read: Savings Account Closure Charges Compared: SBI vs HDFC vs ICICI vs Other Banks -How Much You'll Pay To Close Your Account? Check)

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 had joined the company in February 2022, eight months before Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter Inc.

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.

There are roughly 15 X employees in functions like compliance and engineering in India, said one of the sources, but Gupta was the only executive engaging with the government and political parties.

Interaction between X and government and party officials would intensify typically during the run-up to polls, and a national election is due to take place in India next year.

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.