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Facebook Bans Eighth Amendment Ads Not Based In Ireland

11 May 2018, 01:10 | Rodolfo Quinn

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The company, which was heavily criticised for failing to stop Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, announced yesterday that it had banned advertisements relating to the sensitive referendum that did not originate inside Ireland.

"Concerns have been raised about organizations 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", the company said in a statement.

In a post, Facebook says: "This is an issue we have been thinking about for some time".

"Today, as part of our".

Ireland faces a historical referendum on May 25, posing the question of whether to liberalize one of the hardest regimes in Europe, second only to Poland.

The social media group, under scrutiny for its role in Britain's Brexit referendum and the 2016 USA presidential election, made the move following criticism that foreign advertising could be a decisive in the campaign to overhaul one of the world's strictest abortion regimes.

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Ireland goes to the polls in two weeks' time to decide whether it should end its ban on abortion, which is included in its constitution.

As part of the process, Ireland has also became the first country outside the USA to receive a set of advertiser-transparency tools Facebook promised in early in April. The country's data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, warned last month that actors overseas could try to sway the highly anticipated vote.

USA -based anti-abortion groups are among those who have bought online ads in Ireland during the campaign. "They were late with Russian interference in the U.S. election ..."

Facebook stated the ban will apply equally to both sides of the debate and that it has "built relationships with political parties, groups representing both sides of the campaign". We will then assess and act on those reports. Ireland is the first country where Facebook has implemented the rule.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has welcomed the announcement, and wants Google to introduce similar restrictions on YouTube. "We are receiving large numbers of screengrabs indicating spend on advertising on these platforms happening under the radar", Carolan said. Facebook's advertising system has become a favorite of political groups because it is largely automated and makes it easy to target narrow segments of voters.



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