Google’s abortion vote decision proves its power must be curbed

Caveat: Constitution is for Ireland and is not a multinational’s mission statement

Google’s decision to ban all ads relating to the abortion referendum is a significant departure for the tech multinational and an important moment in the referendum campaign. Ciara O'Brien reports. Footage: Reuters/Harry McGee

If you are a Yes supporter in the upcoming abortion vote, you may have punched the air on Wednesday when Google, just 16 days from polling day, suddenly banned all referendum advertisements, including those from legitimate Irish campaigners.

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