Leaked documents show how YouTube created a blacklist for search terms related to last year’s abortion referendum.
[US-based] Project Veritas has obtained a youtube-blacklist-large-upload from an insider at YouTube which appears to show the manipulation of political content in an Irish election.
The document entitled, “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist,” seems to show a series of blacklisted terms by YouTube.
These terms include phrases that are directly related to the referendum that occurred in May of 2018 to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland.
In the run-up to the vote, Google publicly announced that it had suspended all advertising connected to the referendum as part of an effort to protect “election integrity.”
Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:
“On Monday Project Veritas released a viral investigation that raised questions of Google’s interference in American elections. This new document shows their subsidiary, YouTube, appeared to have attempted to influence elections in Ireland.”
A YouTube spokesperson said:
“… In the midst of the Irish referendum on abortion, our systems brought authoritative content to the top of our search results for abortion-related queries. This happened for both pro-choice and pro-life queries, there was no distinction.”
Leaked You Tube Doc Appears To Show Election Interference (Project Veritas)
Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
To mark the one-year anniversary of the referendum vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, a gathering of pro-choice volunteers met outside the project Arts Centre organised by the former Co-Directors of Together for Yes, Ailbhe Smyth (red Jacket), Orla O’Connor (glasses), and Gráinne Griffin (Red Dress).
Following a vote in the Seanad, The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bil will now go to President Higgins to sign into law having passed all stages of the Oireachtas.
Deirdre Duffy, Campaign Manager for Together for Yes, said:
“This is a truly momentous day for women in Ireland. Today, the final hurdle for Together for Yes has been crossed.
For the first time ever since the establishment of the state, women who become pregnant in Ireland are now safe and protected by compassionate legislation.
The harm and suffering the Eighth has caused for women is now only a memory and as a nation we will ensure that women are never treated this way again in Ireland.
2018 will be recognised as a turning point in how this country respects and treats women.
This year has unleashed a new women’s movement across the generations who are now determined to overcome all remaining challenges to achieve real and lasting gender equality.”
Abortion legislation passes all stages of Oireachtas (RTÉ)
Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Pro choice protestors calling for free, safe, legal abortion in Ireland, while inside Leinster House…
Simon Harris said he was “delighted” to have changed his mind on abortion over the past seven years in response to accusations that he was untrustworthy on the issue.
The health minister had promised to oppose any change to Ireland’s abortion law in 2011 before his U-turn.
He was speaking as a landmark bill to legalise access to abortion last night failed to clear its last stages in the Dáil. It means that the report stage of the bill will finish in the lower house next week, at the earliest. The government is under pressure to meet a promise it made after May’s referendum to have legal abortion services in place in Ireland by January .
The bill still needs to complete its report and final stage in the Dáil and also make its way through the Seanad before the parliament breaks for Christmas.
Simon Harris defends U-turn on abortion (The Times Ireland Edition)
Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
Pro-choice activists gather to announce the theme of the 7th annual ‘March for Choic’e this Saturday, September 29 in Dublin city centre.
Activist will rally under the banner ‘Free, Safe, Legal’ and call for “stigma-free abortion access for anyone who wants or needs one, regardless of their financial or legal status”.
second pic from left: Clare Daly TD, Dr Paola Rivetti, Migrants and Ethnic Minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ), Dr Mary Favier Doctor for Choice, Gearóidín McEvoy Lawyers for Choice, and Cathie Shiels.
March for Choice (Abortion Rights Campaign)
Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger joins members of Reproductive rights against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity (ROSA)to help launch it’s #Time4Choice campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
The posters state the “seven key reasons given by Irish women for having abortions”.
Free next Monday?
A pro-choice information open evening in Ennis, County Clare…
Eilis Murphy writes:
The President of the Washington-based Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien, said he believes Irish Catholics stand by women and trust them to be moral agents of their own lives.
Mr O’Brien, originally from Dublin, will be the keynote speaker at an open information evening which will launch Abortion Rights Campaign Clare’s campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment
Also speaking will be Jenni Owen-Thomas of Parents for Choice in Pregnancy and Childbirth, about how the 8th Amendment affects parents and families in Ireland.
Suzanne Leen and Michelle May from AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) will give a joint presentation about the adverse effects of the 8th Amendment on maternity services in Ireland….
Abortion Rights Clare information open meeting at 7pm on Monday, February 19 at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis., Country Clare.
Abortion Rights Campaign
Leinster House, Dublin 2
Members of ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity) claiming that 6 out of 10 people in Ireland are now Pro Choice after the latest Red C/Amnesty Poll showed 60% of people now support allowing access to abortion on request until at least 12 weeks in pregnancy.
Film Base, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The launch of Everyday Stories, an exhibition launching TONIGHT highlighting the stories of women who have had abortions and the ways in which the Eighth Amendment impacts on real lives.
The exhibition, started by Caoimhe Anglin (above), features the stories of eight women and their families.
All eight, including Caoimhe, have been impacted by the Eighth Amendment, with six of them having travelled abroad to access abortion services.
Everyday Stories at Filmbase (Facebook)