Google Bans Pro-Life Ads Ahead of Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion

11 May, 2018, 04:19 | Author: Jason Torres
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Furthermore, Facebook are only blocking ads posted and paid for by foreign individuals and organisations, not those placed by domestic groups and campaigners.

Earlier this week, Google said it no longer will run ads related to the Irish abortion vote on its search site or YouTube.

"Our company approach is to build tools to increase transparency around political advertising so that people know who is paying for the ads they are seeing, and to ensure any organisation running a political ad is located in that country".

'Fake news has already had a corrosive impact on the referendum debate on social media, ' he said, in reference to the impact of misinformation on the Brexit vote and the 2016 United States presidential election.

The vote takes place on May 25.

Speaking on the same programme, TJ McIntyre, a law lecturer in UCD and chair of Digital Rights Alliance said the steps taken in the referendum by Google and Facebook could act as a blueprint for how they will behave internationally going forward.

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Both companies claimed they are concerned about foreign groups influencing the election through ads on their platforms. Avi Kelin, an associate at Genova Burns, also said that Facebook and other social media platforms have no legal obligation to remove or ban foreign political ads that don't explicitly endorse one side.

This will not limit or omit any content found in Google searches and will focus on the ads.

However this US -first focus leaves other regions vulnerable to election fiddlers - hence Google deciding to suspend ad buys around the Irish vote, albeit tardily.

Today (9 May), Google has gone ahead with a much more stringent ban on any and all ads related to the upcoming referendum from its platforms.

Mr Lawless has been pushing for a law requiring all online advertisers to disclose the publishers and sponsors behind ads.

He said regulation in Ireland governs donations rather than expenditure on advertising, but this does not limit spending by groups outside of Ireland.

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