A virtual election war room will monitor 2019 polls in India: Facebook’s Richard Allan

Richard Allan, vice president of policy solutions at Facebook, has the crucial task of finding policy fixes at the social media giant for important issues such as privacy, freedom of expression and online child safety. All these issues have gathered steam in India in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. India is a key market for Facebook with over 217 million people using the platform every month.

In an interview, Allan spoke to Vidhi Choudhary about Facebook’s relationship with the Indian government and steps the company is taking to prevent misuse of the platform in the upcoming elections.