Ireland: Facebook to curb foreign ads related to abortion referendum

Jack Feacon and Megan Apple at the launch of Youth for Yes

Ireland is the first country where Facebook has implemented the rule.

What does it mean for advertising around the referendum?

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Facebook will no longer accept any advertisements related to the upcoming abortion referendum if they are coming from advertisers based outside Ireland.

Irish voters will decide May 25 whether to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion, in a divisive referendum that has drawn global attention.

Facebook says starting on Tuesday it will "begin rejecting ads related to the referendum if they are being run by advertisers based outside of Ireland".

In a letter made public to all church members last Sunday, the PCI said that "meaningful protection for the unborn can only be secured if the Eighth Amendment is retained in the forthcoming referendum".

The vote has drawn worldwide attention and last month Helen Dixon, the Irish data protection commissioner, said it was possible that foreign actors could try to tilt the outcome.


However, this action did not extend to blocking ads simply because they had been placed by foreign organisations.

US-based anti-abortion groups are among those who have bought online adverts in Ireland during the campaign.

Repealing the amendment would enable laws allowing abortion of pregnancies up to 12 weeks.

"Well, it's a start and obviously that's something we have to look at as well in the future in relation to that", Mr Breen said. 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".

Facebook says it has learned the lessons of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and is working on changes to make election campaigns more transparent. "They were late with Russian interference in the USA election ..."

"Facebook are always late to the party", said Gavin Sheridan, an Irish social media expert who has been following the digital side of the referendum campaign.

The company will soon start requiring political advertisers to be residents in the country where the election is taking place. The move will see the creation of 400 new construction jobs in the 16 months it takes to build the facilities at Grange Castle.

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