Who made Facebook and Google referendum debate gatekeepers?
Social media giants not accountable to electorate but exert influence with ban
Incoherent, one-off bans in the middle of a campaign may have as malign an impact on the democratic process as does the manipulation of advertising itself.
Decisions by Google and Facebook to ban certain advertising related to the abortion referendum raise major questions about corporate policy and national sovereignty.
Is this public relations by a sector feeling the heat? Is it a chance for Google and Facebook to look good following accusations that social media and the internet generally have been manipulated around the world to undermine democracy? Is Ireland being used to make a point?