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Kildare TD: Facebook Decision On Referendum Ads Shows A "Growing Problem" With "Online Political Campaigning.

: 05/08/2018 - 18:17

A Kildare TD says Facebook's decision to ban ads on the referendum on the 8th, placed by advertisers outside side, "clearly demonstrates that there is a growing problem with transparency with online political campaigning."

Earlier, The Green Party has welcomed the move and is now calling on Google to introduce similar restrictions on its YouTube platform.

Labour has also praised the decision by Facebook to clamp down on foreign ads and says Google and YouTube should do the same to improve transparency in the run up to the referendum.

Kildare North Fianna Fáil TD, James Lawless, is his party's Spokesperson on Technology.

He says  “While I welcome today’s announcement it is nonetheless important to recognise that it is a reactionary move taken in the heat of the moment. This action has been forced upon Facebook by growing public and political pressure. People are beginning to recognise that murky political activity on social media is having a corrosive effect on our democratic process.

“This decision should have been taken by Facebook before the campaign began rather than two weeks away from voting. The damage has already been done in many regards considering the fact that these murky adverts, paid for by unknown people based outside of Ireland, have been viewed by thousands of people who are not aware of their origin."

 

Information published by the Referendum Commission on the Referendum on the 8th amendment is available here

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