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Thu May 10, 2018, 11:14 AM

Facebook (Foreign) & Google/Youtube (ALL) block ads in Irish Abortion Referendum

The Pro-Lifers are doing their nut over this

This is also seen as a test case in relation to elections elsewhere.


Facebook is to block all ads related to the Eighth Amendment referendum that come from advertisers outside of Ireland. The social media giant is responding to criticism that unaccountable foreign advertising is gaining traction in the referendum campaign.
From today, the company will begin blocking any referendum-related ads that do not come from organisations legitimately registered in Ireland.

Facebook has also indicated that it will implement the same rule for future elections in Ireland, disallowing any ads that do not come from registered entities in Ireland. However, the move will not prevent ads that are funded from abroad if they are placed through organisations located in Ireland.

“Concerns have been raised about organisations and individuals based outside of Ireland trying to influence the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland by buying ads on Facebook,” said the company in a statement.


Google and YouTube to ban all ads relating to abortion referendum


Google is to block all ads on its search engine and on YouTube relating to the upcoming abortion referendum.

“Following our update around election integrity efforts globally, we have decided to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the Eighth Amendment,” said a company statement.

The tech giant’s move means that related to the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment are now completely banned on both Google and Twitter.


The company is currently rolling out a ‘verification process’ for election ads in the US, which is expected to extend into other countries.

The ban will take effect within 24 hours also includes related ads on Youtube.

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