Friday, 20 July, 2018

In Lead-Up to Irish Abortion Referendum, Pope Francis Urges Respect for Life

Facebook bans Eighth Amendment-related ads from advertisers based outside Ireland Facebook to reject abortion referendum ads from outside Ireland
Mandy Jefferson | 09 May, 2018, 07:55

Facebook announced Tuesday that it is banning foreign advertisements related to Ireland's abortion referendum amid concerns that North American groups are trying to influence the campaign. Its campaign Co-Director Ailbhe Smyth said: "We view this as a clear recognition by Facebook that external forces with vast resources can have disproportionate yet impactful influence in political campaigns".

"What we are now doing for the referendum on the eighth amendment will allow us to operate as though these tools, which are not yet fully available, were in place today with respect to foreign referendum-related advertising", it said. Facebook has some automated tools at its disposal that will help identify the ads and reject them.

"Our corporation approach would be to build resources to improve visibility across political advertising so individuals understand who is paying to the ads they are seeing, and also to ensure some company running a political ad is located in the country", face-book said within an blog post symbolizing the Irish decision.

However, the move will not prevent ads that are funded from overseas if they are placed through organisations located in Ireland.

There had been worries that foreign ads could influence the result of the vote.

The ban means that individuals and organisations outside of Ireland can not launch ad campaigns aimed at voters.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) Given New $1900.00 Price Target at JPMorgan Chase
About 42,848 shares traded or 107.66% up from the average. (NASDAQ:CLUB) has risen 108.11% since May 6, 2017 and is uptrending. It now has negative earnings. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have landed on investor watchlists as the latest bid puts the equity at $183.83.


Facebook said it would be working directly with political parties and campaign groups on both sides of the vote, who are being asked to notify the company "if they have concerns about ad campaigns".

Facebook will then investigate and assess the ads.

Facebook says it has learned the lessons of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and is working on changes to make election campaigns more transparent.

'We are an open platform for people to express ideas and views on both sides of a debate. This enables Irish Facebook users to see all of the ads any advertiser is running on Facebook in Ireland at the same time.

Facebook has not applied such a policy to British elections or referendums. However, the advocacy groups on both sides of the issue have a direct line to Facebook for this very goal. We also placed educational adverts across Irish press with tips on how to spot false news.

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