Facebook India head fired after Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook India’s marketing director Vivek Malhotra, left the company after being suspended from the company following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Malhotra was suspended last month pending an investigation by the India operations’ board. He

Facebook India’s marketing director Vivek Malhotra, left the company after being suspended from the company following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Malhotra was suspended last month pending an investigation by the India operations’ board. He was one of two senior executives from Facebook India suspended in the wake of the controversy.

The Indian board stated Malhotra had violated “internal social media policy.”

“I am confident that my Facebook suspension is a procedural move to investigate whether I have violated any of Facebook’s internal social media policy,” Malhotra said in a Facebook post.

Malhotra is the sixth person to leave Facebook over the controversy. The company announced in March they had suspended the two employees from its India operations over the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

“Two days later, Mr. Malhotra and [another executive] Bansal came to India and were suspended from the Facebook team in India. I believe this was done because I had broken social media policy during our initial Facebook growth phase in India,” Malhotra said.

Malhotra, who joined Facebook six years ago, has been charged with clogging the site with ads aimed at consumer spending during India’s festival season.

The so-called ‘Crazy-Crazy Rovers’ campaign, a cheerful campaign for advertisements created by Chinnaswamy Advertising, has been pulled by Facebook following a complaint from the Indian media watchdog. Facebook had previously defended Malhotra, stating he didn’t work directly on the group’s team that produced advertising.

The news comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg arrive in India this week to meet local regulators and business leaders.

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