Facebook bans foreign ads in Ireland's abortion vote

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FACEBOOK has banned ads regarding Ireland's upcoming abortion referendum that are produced by foreign advertisers.

The company said it would rely on reports from established campaign groups on both sides of the campaign to identify foreign-based ads, as its automated election integrity tools are still in development.

The vote on whether or not to terminate Ireland's inherent ban on abortion has attracted considerations that foreign bands will make an effort to influence the debate during societal networking.

Irish law bars foreign money from going to political parties and registered campaigns.

The social media giant said yesterday that it would be putting a block on all advertisements relating to the referendum that come from outside of Ireland.

In its statement, Facebook said that its move was in order to "help protect the integrity of elections and referendums from undue influence". "We are receiving large numbers of screengrabs indicating spend on advertising on these platforms happening under the radar", Carolan said. The company also said it would use artificial-intelligence technology to spot potentially problematic material. The Times previously reported that a US-based anti-abortion group had paid to target Irish voters...

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Most nations, including the usa, prohibit foreign groups from advertising in elections that are domestic, however regulating the spending is more hard with more political activity moving online.

Since the 2016 election, Facebook has made several policy changes to address concerns over the role it plays in elections and politics around the world.

Facebook said that its ban on ads not from the Republic would be effective from 8 May.

Last week, Gavin Sheridan, a former employee for Storyful, was able to trace one webpage, ostensibly an information source for undecided voters but with no verifiable identification or contact details, to conservative Roman Catholic groups in the United States. USA -based anti-abortion groups are among those who have bought online ads in Ireland during the campaign.

The May 25, referendum would reveal whether the Irish people want to remove the eighth amendment.

No. There is no facility for ordinary users to report the ads directly to Facebook. "I think Google and Facebook and all the other social media companies out there will be responsible in relation to this and are facing the consequences that can happen as a result of this", he added.

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