Facebook's India head of public policy Ankhi Das has quit the social networking site. 

Ankhi das said she was leaving the company to pursue her interest in public service.

In a message to her colleagues, Das wrote: "We were a small unlisted startup back then guided only by our mission and purpose to connect people in India. After nine long years, I feel that mission has largely been met. There is an enormous amount I have learnt from incredibly smart and talented people in the company, particularly from people on the policy team. This is a special company and a special group of people. Thank you Mark for creating something beautiful for the world. I hope I have served you and the company well. I know we will be in touch on Facebook."

Das, who was public policy director for Facebook India, south and central Asia, had few days ago appeared before the Joint Parliamentary Panel on data protection.

In a statement, Facebook India Ajit Mohan said, "Ankhi was one of our earliest employees in India and played an instrumental role in the growth of the company and its services over the last 9 years. She has been a part of my leadership team over the last 2 years, a role in which she has made enormous contributions. We are grateful for her service and wish her the very best for the future."

Earlier this year, Das was at the centre of controversy after being blamed for "alleged deliberate and intentional inaction to contain certain hateful content in India.” A report in the Wall Street Journal had claimed that Das had blocked action against leaders associated with the BJP and other Hindutva groups.