Facebook shuts down 36 unlicensed gambling pages in Norway

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Facebook has shut down 36 pages belonging to online operators without permission to market themselves in Norway.

The Norwegian Lottery Authority made Facebook aware of the pages aimed at Norwegians. The pages encouraged Norwegians to register as players with online operators that were not authorized to offer money games in Norway.

This marketing breaks with the Norwegian regulations and Facebook’s own guidelines. It is also true that many Norwegians are on Facebook, and the gaming companies can potentially reach many with illegal advertising, says Monica Alisøy Kjelsnes, senior adviser and lawyer at the Lottery Authority.

Coolbet’s pages about Kommunepoker and Vennepoker, ComeOn, Gutts, Norgesautomaten, Vera & John and Pokio’s Facebook pages have been removed.

The Lottery Authority has for several years reported illegal marketing to Facebook, asking them to investigate whether they violate the guidelines.

Facebook’s own guidelines are clear that gambling companies must have the necessary permission to offer gambling in the particular country they are marketing to.