Google bans online ads on abortion referendum

Together for Yes welcomes move but No campaigners say it is an ‘attempt to rig’ referendum

Google is to stop all advertising relating to the Eighth Amendment, amid concerns about the integrity of the vote. Photograph: Loic venance/AFP/Getty Images

Google is to stop all advertising relating to the Eighth Amendment, amid concerns about the integrity of the vote. Photograph: Loic venance/AFP/Getty Images

A move by Google to stop all advertising relating to the Eighth Amendment, amid concerns about the integrity of this month’s referendum, has received polarised responses from campaigners on either side of the abortion divide.

The decision applies to all Google’s advertising platforms, including AdWords and YouTube, and will come into effect from Thursday.

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