They're worried we might win, so they're trying to silence us. Joint statement from Save The 8th, Pro Life Campaign and The Iona Institute.
This decision by Google is not about "concerns about the integrity of elections."
It is about concerns that the "No" side might win.
In this referendum, Amnesty and the IFPA have received over €400,000 in foreign donations. When asked to return an illegal foreign donation, Amnesty refused, and yet Minister Harris is content to campaign alongside an organisation that has broken the law.
It is very clear that the government, much of the establishment media, and corporate Ireland have determined that anything to secure a Yes vote must be done.
In this case, it means preventing campaigns have done nothing illegal from campaigning in a perfectly legal manner.
This decision has been taken because one side in this referendum is afraid it is losing, and wants to prevent voters from being informed.
This campaign has been marked by attacks on every form of legitimate campaigning the NO side has taken part in, and a complete absence of scrutiny for the YES side.
Despite all of that, the polls have narrowed, and clearly there is fear in establishment Ireland that this referendum will be defeated. That explains the massive pressure exerted on Google, Facebook, and other platforms to deny advertising space to the NO campaign.
It is scandalous, and it is an attempt to rig the referendum.
Online was the only platform available to the NO campaign to speak to voters directly. That platform is now being undermined in order to prevent the public from hearing the message of one side.
This is completely unacceptable, and it brings the conduct of what had, heretofore, been a civil campaign into severe dispute.
Niamh Uí Bhriain calls out Google for Censorship
John McGuirk on the Google Censorship
From Twitter @gregdalyIC
"Not really surprising that Together For Yes is welcoming Google's decision, announced today, to shut down domestic as well as foreign advertising in the referendum campaign. Perhaps a bit more surprising that their press release is dated as of *yesterday*."
Since then, of course, it has become clear that two press release issued yesterday by Yes campaign groups were dated 8 May. One could be a mistake. But two? Reasonable people might suspect collusion.
Google made the announcement on the 9th May and T4Y sent out their PRs on that same day, had they been drafted the day before?
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- Report in Breaking news : 10th May 2018
- Report in the Examiner : 10th May 2018
- Report in the Irish Times: 10th May 2018
- Report in Joe.ie : 10th May 2018
- Google unprecedented move : Irish Times : 10th May 2018
- Report in the Evening Echo : 10th May 2018
- Report in the Evening Echo : John McGuirk : 10th May 2018
- Report in the Irish Independent : John McGuirk : 10th May 2018