During a recent interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the social media network banned pro-life ads ahead of the Irish abortion referendum.
PJ Media reports that Zuckerberg was explaining how Facebook works with the governments of other countries to decide what political speech to allow on the site. He cited an example of the Irish government ahead of a 2018 referendum on the legalization of abortion.
American pro-life groups wanted to run Facebook ads targeting Irish citizens. Facebook contacted the government about whether to allow the ads. “Their response at the time was, ‘We don’t currently have a law, so you need to make whatever decision you want to make,’” Zuckerberg said. “We ended up not allowing the ad.”