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The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Google Bans All Advertising On 8th Amendment Referendum

Google has announced it is to stop all advertising relating to the Eighth Amendment referendum. It c...
TodayFM
TodayFM

6:18 PM - 9 May 2018



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Google Bans All Advertising On 8th Amendment Referendum

TodayFM
TodayFM

6:18 PM - 9 May 2018

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Google has announced it is to stop all advertising relating to the Eighth Amendment referendum.

It comes after Facebook announced yesterday that it would no longer accept advertising from organisations based outside Ireland.

John McGuirk from the Save the Eighth campaign says his side welcomed Facebook's decision, but feels Google's announcement not to accept any advertising was made "in the face of a sustained campaign from the 'Yes' side to suggest that the 'No' campaign is doing something wrong by investing its funding in online advertising."

"We're suddenly being told that we will no longer be allowed to speak to voters on our channels, and we think that is outrageous."

"I think what's happening here is that legitimate campaigners are being told they can't spread their message, and that is wrong."

Independent Senator Alice Mary Higgins says: "All sides are affected equally by this measure."

"What is happening here is not about one side or the other, it's about democracy and transparency."

"There are no regulations in this area of online advertising, and I would prefer if we had more nuanced and detailed legislation."

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