abortion referendum amid concerns that North American groups are trying to influence the campaign.
Following our update around election integrity efforts globally, we have chose to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the eighth amendment.
"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".
"It does affect pro-life voices more and pro-life campaigners - ourselves included - do rely on digital media and social media because elements within the print and broadcast media are committed to a pro-choice agenda", she said during Premier's News Hour. The ban includes ads on the YouTube video platform, which is owned by Google. Richard L. Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, said that because Facebook Inc. and other social media platforms are private actors, they're free to ban ads from any source they choose, so long as their actions don't violate any federal anti-discrimination laws.
Meanwhile, abortion supporters like Ailbhe Smyth, co-director of the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment, applauded the tech giants' decision, saying it "creates a level playing field between all sides, specifically in relation to YouTube and Google searches".
"That platform is now being undermined in order to prevent the public from hearing the message from one side". Depending on what you search online, advertisers can select terms that make their ads appear when you search that term.
He said regulation in Ireland governs donations rather than expenditure on advertising, but this does not limit spending by groups outside of Ireland.