Netherlands: Facebook to block gambling advertisements

On 27 May, the Dutch Games of Chance Authority (in Dutch: “Kansspelautoriteit”, “KSA”) announced that it has concluded an arrangement with Facebook on the blocking of advertisements of illegal gambling providers. Upon KSA’s notification of websites or illegal gambling providers that address the Dutch public and are not in possession of a licence, Facebook will block these advertisements. Facebook stated with the KSA that it intends to comply with the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act, which stipulates that it is illegal to promote illegal games of chance. Paul Teng, board member with the KSA, stated that this is an important step in KSA’s combat against illegality and preventing that people, especially young people, are tempted to participate in illegal games of chance. Tang: “Facebook is a low-threshold social network, easily accessible for youths. With this measure Facebook shows that they feel strongly about corporate social responsibility.”

This arrangement with a social media site is in line with increasing actions taken by KSA against illegal gambling providers. In this respect, earlier, KSA was seeking the involvement of the banking sector in its fight against illegal gambling providers.

KSA’s further encroachment on its enforcement powers also seems fitting in the run-up to the legalization of offering online gambling to the Dutch public that was announced with the recently published draft legislative proposal for the Remote Gambling Act.

For more information we refer to our recent blog on the release of the Remote Gambling Act for internet consultation.