WASHINGTON – Is paid political speech in the form of pre-election advertising “election meddling”?
That would seem to be the conclusion of Google and Facebook, at least with regard to the upcoming vote in Ireland on whether a 1983 constitutional pro-life amendment should be overturned in the predominantly Catholic country.
Pro-life groups insist the actions by the tech giants represent an effort to rig the election, depriving opponents of the ability to dissent.
The vote is set for May 25.
This month, Facebook announced it will block ads on the referendum that do not originate from advertisers in Ireland. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is vowing to have tighter restrictions on data that can influence politics.
A day after Facebook’s announcement, Google