Google Pauses AdWords Abortion Ads In Ireland

The move by Google will take effect over the next 24 hours

Google is banning all referendum ads just over two weeks from voting day.

Campaign Co-Director Ailbhe Smyth said of the ban: "We welcome confirmation today from Google that they are going to stop running political advertisements over the next 24 hours". Yesterday, the transparency campaigner Gavin Sheridan tweeted that it was now his view that the No side would win the campaign because its online spending was dwarfing that of the Yes campaign.

Anti-abortion group Save The 8th said in a statement: "Its scandalous, and it is an attempt to rig the referendum".

On the 25th of May 2018, the Irish abortion referendum will take place.

"Following our update around election integrity efforts globally, we have chose to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the Eighth Amendment", a Google spokesperson announced.

Comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal or abusive attacks on other users may be removed and result in a ban. "That platform is now being undermined in order to prevent the public from hearing the message of one side", the pro-life groups said at a press conference. But pro-life advocates said they have another goal - helping the pro-abortion side.

Maria Steen claims 50% of no posters have been taken down illegally.

Google has said that it has made the move as it wished to respect the "integrity" of the referendum election process.

Mr Lawless has been pushing for a law requiring all online advertisers to disclose the publishers and sponsors behind ads. In both cases, groups or individuals can pay to have their adverts appear in this way. The post continued, explaining that banning ads is in the spirit of Irish electoral law, which prohibits campaigns from accepting donations from outside the country.

It was clear from the outset that this referendum would be a playground for the much-maligned tactics used in the Trump and Brexit campaigns (Aaron Rogan writes).

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