Twitter CFO Manish Maheshwari to take internal role in U.S.

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MUMBAI, Aug 13 - Twitter Inc's India CFO Manish Maheshwari will take up a new internal role in the United States, the company said on Friday, a move which comes after months of tussle between the U.S. giant and Indian government over compliance issues.

Maheshwari will become Twitter's senior director of revenue strategy and operations focusing on the new market entry from New York, the company said in a statement.

Though Twitter gave no reasons for Maheshwari's move in the statement, an internal staff memo seen by Reuters thanked him for his work during extraordinarily challenging times in India, without elaborating. Twitter declined to comment on the memo.

Twitter has repeatedly criticized New Delhi in recent months for not swiftly complying with the country's new IT rules that required it to hire compliance officers by May. The new firm completed the required recruitment and complied with the new rules this month, the government has said.

The new rules, which became effective on May end, are aimed at regulating content posted on social media and making firms act more swiftly on legal requests to remove posts.

Twitter also faced several ongoing children cases, with some calling Maheshwari for allegedly hurting sentiments and promoting child pornography. He also had to seek relief in at least one case when he was asked to appear for police questioning in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

The internal staff memo said that instead of a single head of country, our amazing India leadership council will support you all as a team moving forward and guide them all in the future.

Twitter's struggles in India, along with the regulatory scrutiny of other tech firms like Facebook's WhatsApp and Amazon.com Inc, have hurt the business environment in a key growth market, prompting some companies to rethink expansion plans, Reuters has reported.