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Google bans abortion ads ahead of Irish referendum

11 May 2018, 04:21 | Simon Arnold

The move by Google will take effect over the next 24 hours

The move by Google will take effect over the next 24 hours

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.

Google is now showing a range of ads about the Irish referendum, which will take place on 25 May.

In a statement, the groups said: "In this case, it means preventing campaigns that have done nothing illegal from campaigning in a perfectly legal matter".

"We're suddenly being told that we will no longer be allowed to speak to voters on our channels, and we think that is outrageous", McGuirk said. It seems that, while Google kept its promise to censor pro-life campaign ads, searches on its platform show various pro-choice advertising.


TECH GIANTS Google and YouTube have declared that they will ban all ads relating to the upcoming referendum on abortion.

The decision comes after increasing concersn that online platforms like Google and Facebook can secretly be used to influence the results of elections and referendums.

Concerns have been raised in recent times about the unregulated nature of online advertising, with the No side having recently been questioned in regards to the validity of their posters.

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.


"What is happening here is not about one side or the other, it's about democracy and transparency", Higgins said.

We've asked Google why it's only taken the decision to suspend referendum ad buys now, and why it did not act months earlier - given the Irish government announced its intention to hold a 2018 referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment in mid 2017 - and will update this post with any response.

Google announced last week that it would be introducing a verification process for United States election ads as part of efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

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