“We, the Party, control all records,
and we control all memories."
(Ireland Independent) - The use of internet 'bots' to influence political debate will be punished with fines of up to €10,000 or five years' imprisonment under new laws tabled by Fianna Fáil.
Ground-breaking proposals to be brought before the Dáil this week will also make it an offence to actively promote 'fake news' using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The Bill comes on the back of claims that the election of US President Donald Trump was heavily influenced by Russian entities - but will have a major impact on the practices of political parties here.
It contains a number of restrictions on online political advertising and will require the purchasers of such ads to display a transparency notice stating their aim and target audience.
Fianna Fáil's James Lawless, who has written the legislation, told the Irish Independent the law needs to start factoring in new media.
"We should not be naive in thinking Ireland will not be affected by the new form of hybrid information warfare which is underway on social media.