May 8, 2018

Ireland abortion poll: Facebook to block foreign ads

Facebook has said it will block ads relating to Ireland's forthcoming referendum on abortion that do not originate from advertisers inside the country. There had been worries in Ireland that foreign ads could influence the result of the vote. Facebook said that its ban on foreign ads would be effective from 8 May. The company will rely on reports from campaign groups that identify such ads. Ads uploaded to Facebook by organisations based in the country could still be funded by foreign sources, however. In April, Facebook announced it would vet ads relating to the UK's local elections, which took place earlier this month.

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