Episode 1154: The 8th Referendum Propaganda War With Gavin Sheridan
Gavin Sheridan’s Twitter investigation into referendum advertising received a lot of attention last weekend:
A brief thread on the Facebook ad and page problem (h/t to @TheLiberal_x and @TransparentRef) 1/ The day before Facebook introduced the new view ads feature in Ireland, this domain was registered: pic.twitter.com/uKEZHrE8Iy
— Gavin Sheridan (@gavinsblog) April 29, 2018
We asked Gavin to come in and talk through some of the issues he uncovered.
I've said it before and I'm going to keep saying it… Our electoral laws are outdated, do not reflect modern campaigning or advances in technology, and are in need of urgent reform. pic.twitter.com/QvrNQeX7f8
— Craig Dwyer (@DwyerCraig) May 2, 2018
What are dark ads? Who is behind the messages we are seeing in this campaign? Has the 8th become another culture war, rather than about the specifics of the referendum? Do emotions beat facts when convincing voters? Are Irish regulations fit to deal with the new techniques of digital persuasion? What problems await if we do not respond? And why does it suddenly feel like so many votes in so many different countries are about the same things?
What the life and death of Cambridge Analytica tells us about politics — and ourselves https://t.co/CLiWJ6QI4p
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 3, 2018
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