Facebook, Google shut down pro-life voice in Ireland

Matt McGrath accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of lobbying for ban on ads ahead of #8thRef

Ed Morrissey | Hot Air

While Facebook remains under fire in the US for its role in amplifying “fake news,” critics across the sea allege that the social-media platform has joined forces with Google to shut down news in Ireland. Both platforms have refused to accept any advertising related to the May 25th referendum to repeal the country’s Eighth Amendment, which would legalize abortion in Ireland. The move has some wondering whether this reveals a threat to free speech and public debate. “Is Ireland being used to make a point?”...

Yesterday, a member of the Dáil (the Irish parliament) accused the Taoiseach (prime minister) of lobbying Facebook and Google to shut down the debate,
as did pro-life groups in Ireland..., accuses Facebook of going even further. They have had their previously approved content relating to the referendum pulled out of Facebook’s news feeds, even when that content was aggregated from Irish media sources:

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