U2 Tweet On Ireland Abortion Referendum Draws Fire From Pro-Life Fans

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The Facebook social network said on Tuesday that it would not accept foreign ads related to the referendum of abortions that would be held in Ireland on May 25.

Facebook is blocking all foreign spending on advertising around Ireland's upcoming referendum on abortion in an effort to adhere to the "principles" of the country's election spending laws.

"I think we have acknowledged that it's a very emotive issue, and I think that we acknowledged that there are strong feelings on both sides in Ireland", insisted Evans, the lead guitarist.

"Today, as part of our".

The ban from Facebook comes following concerns that unknown actors from outside of the state could buy ads to influence Irish voters ahead of the historic referendum.

Groups on both sides of the campaign were consulted before the changes were made.

As part of the process, Ireland has also became the first country outside the USA to receive a set of advertiser-transparency tools Facebook promised in early in April.

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However the company said "we do not intend to block campaigns and advocacy organisations in Ireland from using service providers outside of Ireland".

We are deploying Election Integrity Artificial Intelligence for the referendum, similar to what was established in advance of recent elections in France, Germany and Italy.

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Growing concerns about transparency on social media around political events show no sign of abating, but major player Facebook has announced a step towards obtaining solid accountability from campaigners. But the legislation does not cover money spent directly on digital advertising, a loophole that observers say has been exploited by groups overseas wishing to influence the vote.

The Belfast Telegraph has contacted Facebook to clarify if the ban will apply to ads from people in Northern Ireland but have yet to receive a response.

As for who is paying for those ads, said Sheridan, "the only people who know that for certain are Facebook themselves".

Craig Dwyer, one of the Initiative's founders, said they have seen an increase of 150 advertisements over the past week alone, which include domestic and foreign messaging.

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