In Lead-Up to Irish Abortion Referendum, Pope Francis Urges Respect for Life

In Lead-Up to Irish Abortion Referendum, Pope Francis Urges Respect for Life

In Lead-Up to Irish Abortion Referendum, Pope Francis Urges Respect for Life

The company, which was heavily criticised for failing to stop Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, announced yesterday that it had banned advertisements relating to the sensitive referendum that did not originate inside Ireland.

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 also came under fire after Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's U.S. election campaign, sustained severe criticism over its use of data gathered from millions of Facebook profiles.

Facebook made the announcement after concerns were raised about organisations based outside Ireland who were trying to influence the outcome of the referendum by buying ads.

"Out view ads feature - which enables Irish Facebook users to see all of the ads any advertiser is running on Facebook in Ireland at the same time - has been fast-tracked and is operational today".

Concerns had been raised about worldwide organisations trying to influence the outcome of the upcoming abortion referendum by buying ads on Facebook.

Facebook said the move was in line with the company's strategy aimed at increasing transparency during political campaigns.


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.

Facebook will then investigate and assess the ads.

It added: "We understand the sensitivity of this campaign and will be working hard to ensure neutrality at all stages".

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

"Our goal is simple: to help ensure a free, fair and transparent vote on this important issue". It demonstrates that the Yes campaign's message of care and compassion for women in Ireland is hitting home with people across the country. However, the advocacy groups on both sides of the issue have a direct line to Facebook for this very goal. We also placed educational adverts across Irish press with tips on how to spot false news.

U2 angered fans last week after the rock band tweeted support for legalizing abortion in Ireland.

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