Facebook bans all referendum ads paid for by foreign sources

Facebook bans all referendum ads paid for by foreign sources

Facebook bans all referendum ads paid for by foreign sources

Facebook said that for the goal of the referendum it would operate as though these tools were in place in Ireland.

The company added that Irish campaigners will be exempted from the ban.

Irish law bars foreign money from going to political parties and registered campaigns.

Helen Dixon, the Irish data protection commissioner, warned last month foreign actors could try to sway the much-anticipated poll.

In a statement to the news agency, Facebook said it would "begin rejecting ads related to the referendum if they are being run by advertisers based outside of Ireland". "We are receiving large numbers of screengrabs indicating spend on advertising on these platforms happening under the radar", Carolan said. The company also claimed it'd utilize synthetic intelligence technologies to spot maybe debatable materials. However, foreigners were until Tuesday able to purchase Facebook ads directly targeting Irish voters. Part of that will require the advertiser to be resident in the country where the election is taking place.

Since the 2016 election, Facebook has made several policy changes to address concerns over the role it plays in elections and politics around the world. The business has shifted its news-feed algorithm to deemphasize political news, and has appreciated thousands of moderators internationally to spot rumors and extremist articles.

As for who is paying for those ads, said Sheridan, "the only people who know that for certain are Facebook themselves". About one in five voters are undecided. As a result, individuals and groups from outside of Ireland - primarily from the United States, Britain and Canada - have been waging an online campaign to influence the vote, according to the Transparent Referendum Initiative, a nonpartisan organization tracking paid online advertising.

Facebook was responding to criticism that unaccountable foreign advertising is gaining traction in the referendum campaign.

Facebook's new Ad View tool, which allows people to see all the ads that a Facebook page is running - and not merely those targeted at them - is an improvement, she said.

Facebook isn't going to let the clusterfuck of the 2016 US election debacle happen again.

A spokeswoman for Facebook told the BBC that the social media site did not have any similar plans in other countries to make public at present.

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