Google And Facebook Team Up To Silence Abortion Referendum

In a 1983 referendum, Ireland overwhelmingly voted to enact the Eighth Amendment to its constitution, which protects the lives of the unborn: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

This month, there will be another vote on whether to repeal the amendment. Global tech giants Facebook and Google have been drawn into the campaign, with different approaches reflecting possibly different politics.

Facebook has chosen to reject foreign advertisements related to the referendum, which had been mostly placed by American pro-life groups. Ireland has no legal ban on such advertising. The reaction on the Emerald Isle echoed the sort of discussion Americans are having about Russian trolls attempting to influence our 2016 election.

Ireland’s pro-choice “Yes” faction welcomed the decision, claiming the vote could have been swayed by a last-minute deluge of foreign ads. But a leader of the pro-life “No” faction also welcomed the decision, arguing it would end a “relentless media focus on about 0.2% of ads bought by overseas groups on both sides.”

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