Una Mullally: What was No side up to online that was so crucial?

Reaction to Facebook and Google referendum ad ban is tactic straight out of Trump playbook

John McGuirk of the Save the Eighth campaign said Google’s decision amounts to “foreign interference”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Photos

John McGuirk of the Save the Eighth campaign said Google’s decision amounts to “foreign interference”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Photos

The issue of dubious online campaigning, which for so long was flagged by observers in the run up to the abortion referendum, snapped into focus this week.

While legislators had plenty of time since 2016 to tackle the potential impact of online campaigning or online interference in our democratic process, the digital space remained unregulated as the referendum campaign kicked off.

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