REPORT: Facebook To Discontinue Online Gambling Ads In The Netherlands

Facebook users in the Netherlands will no longer see ads promoting online gambling following the social network’s agreement to comply with a request by the country’s government.

Facebook users in the Netherlands will no longer see ads promoting online gambling following the social network’s agreement to comply with a request by the country’s government.

Casino Scam Report reported that the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act does not allow online gambling licenses in the country, nor does it allow media sites to promote “illegal” gambling.

However, the online gambling market in the Netherlands will be opened up to competition in 2015, according to Casino Scam Report, with stringent requirements, including:

  • A proposed tax of 20 percent on gambling.
  • Applicants must provide extensive information on games offered, costs associated with participation, and how consumers can ask questions and submit complaints.
  • Game players must be able to see playing time and balance warnings.
  • Gambling-addiction tests must be offered.
  • Player profiles must be monitored in order to limit gaming time and money invested.
  • License holders will likely be asked to contribute to a special fund to combat gambling addiction.

Readers: Do you think more countries will take similar steps as those requested by the Netherlands and agreed to by Facebook?

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