Bots, fake ads and the war for the Eighth Amendment

Despite Google’s blanket ban on referendum ads, the online space will remain a crucial battleground

13th May, 2018
People celebrating the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in May 2015: as with gay rights, abortion is a flashpoint issue between conservative and liberal values RollingNews

Political campaign laws for the digital era are desperately needed, the government has been warned, as the entirely unregulated space of Facebook becomes the key battleground in the final two weeks of the abortion referendum campaign.

Google announced last week that it would ban all ads relating to the May 25 referendum on whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Facebook said it would stop all ads from outside the country in relation to...

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