Menlo Park: WhatsApp is hiring country head, and it has announced that soon there will be a dedicated team for the app’s operations in India. The company, which is owned by Facebook, has said that it is hiring Abhijit Bose as the head of WhatsApp India.
Bose joins WhatsApp from Ezetap “where he has served as co-founder and CEO”. WhatsApp has also said that Bose is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Cornell University.
The appointment of Bose comes months after WhatsApp found itself mired in controversies related to fake news and misinformation that often spreads through WhatsApp groups. In some cases, this misinformation has contributed directly or indirectly to incidents of lynching that have resulted in people losing their lives.
The issue has become so serious that Indian government not only held discussions with WhatsApp over it but also warned the app to get its act together and curb misinformation on its platform. It has been reported that the Indian government had also directed WhatsApp to setup a local team in India and not always run its operations from the main Facebook office in Silicon Valley.
WhatsApp on Tuesday said, “Bose will build WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of California and will be based in Gurgaon.”