Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Google Bans Pro-Life Ads Ahead of Irish Legal Abortion Vote

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Gerardo Duncan | 11 May, 2018, 04:20

Facebook's move is likely to be directly related to this fear: and a fear that if the referendum were defeated, the company would face questions about its role in influencing votes, as it has in the U.S. and UK.

Groups campaigning for a No vote in the upcoming Eighth Amendment referendum slated the decision, deeming the move as an attempt to "rig" the vote in favour of the Yes side.

Meanwhile, Facebook said Tuesday it will block foreign adverts aimed at the Irish referendum, "as part of our efforts to help protect the integrity of elections and referendums from undue influence". The company will put a moratorium on all referendum-related advertising on its Google search pages as well as on YouTube in an effort to ensure advertising on its site doesn't tip the vote on the controversial topic.

Google has gone one step further and will not accept any ads related to the May 25 referendum, not just advertisements from groups or individuals seeking to sway the vote. According to TheJournal.ie, this amendment will allow repealing (removing) Article 40.3.3 (known as the Eighth Amendment) and replacing it with this line: 'Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies'.

The National Review reports the decisions by Facebook and Google "disproportionately [harm] pro-life advocates who have relied more heavily than their opponents on digital advertising".

The company announced last week it would be rolling out a verification process for election adverts in the United States and pledged to look at a wider range of elections globally.

"What is happening here is not about one side or the other, it's about democracy and transparency", Higgins said. It is only two weeks until the election, so why did the two companies wait until now to roll out these new policies?

There are very real concerns about outside political influence on Irish voters, but the clearest evidence points to underhanded dealings on the pro-abortion side.

Ireland is set to vote to make abortion legal on May 25th by repealing the country's 8th amendment.

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