Raheel Khursheed

2014 is going to be a big year for the country and Indian politics. The country is going to witness its General Elections or Lok Sabha Elections in the month of May. Social media is going to play a significant role with most of the focus on Twitter where conversations happen these days. Keeping this in mind, Twitter India has started its new year with a bang by hiring Raheel Khursheed as Head of News, Politics and Government.

The Ex-Director Communications at Change.org shared the new development on his Facebook and Twitter page. The news was also shared on Twitter by Rishi Jaitly, India Market Director at Twitter India.

Super Excited to be here! .@rsjaitly So excited to welcome @Raheelk to the #TeamIndia flock today! A Happy New Year, for sure.@rsjaitly

— Raheel Khursheed (@Raheelk) January 6, 2014

Raheel who has also been an independent freelance journalist at publications like BBC, The Wall Street Journal Online, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, among others has updated his LinkedIn profile to reflect what his new assignment will involve:

1. Provide front-line technical support to news, government, political users of Twitter, solving problems and escalating to internal support and policy teams as needed.

2. Manage, track and expand Twitter’s relationships with journalists/editors and government officials or politicians; increase the active usage of Twitter significantly among them.

3. Develop best practices and new story formats, and drive adoption by news, government, political users and share those with Global team.

4. Lead strategies that scale up Twitter’s reach and impact with news, government, political users of Twitter.

The new move is definitely an interesting one from Twitter India. The move is all about creating a strong synergy between news makers and publishers. Right now Twitter has been the most popular among the journalist community and the political class in the country. Creating a better bond will not only help in better visibility for the platform but will also help in pitching about its premium products.

But will this new move of working closely with the government result in curbing free speech on the 140-character platform? And specially when elections are round the corner?

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