0 Comments Irish premier ‘had no influence’ on tech companies over abortion ads ban BelfastTelegraph.co.uk An Irish Government minister has rejected claims the Taoiseach lobbied Facebook and Google to restrict adverts related to the country’s abortion referendum. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/irish-premier-had-no-influence-on-tech-companies-over-abortion-ads-ban-36901810.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/article36901806.ece/fbba7/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_61d923d4-062d-47b1-b154-220e13d89e16_1 Email An Irish Government minister has rejected claims the Taoiseach lobbied Facebook and Google to restrict adverts related to the country’s abortion referendum. Culture minister Josepha Madigan was responding to an allegation by independent parliamentarian and anti-abortion campaigner Mattie McGrath. Google announced last week that it is to ban all adverts about the upcoming referendum on Ireland’s strict abortion laws. The move by Google came a day after Facebook announced it would block foreign campaign material on its platform. Irish data protection commissioner Helen Dixon had previously raised concern that foreign actors could try to influence the referendum. Anti-abortion campaigners have been angered by the moves, claiming they represent an attempt to stifle debate on the contentious issue. Mr McGrath said rules on advertising during referenda campaigns should be set by the Irish parliament and should not be left to companies to make their own calls. Today during Leader’s Questions, I questioned the Taoiseach on a number of issues relating to… Read full this story
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