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    Default Facebook removes pages for 36 unlicensed operators in Norway

    Facebook has taken down 36 pages promoting unlicensed gambling operators in Norway, following a request from regulator Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet, which claimed the operators in question had been using the Facebook pages to promote their products to Nowegian citizens.

    From iGaming Business:

    Content on the pages was written in Norwegian and encouraged citizens in the country to register with unlicensed operators, which Lotteritilsynet said was in breach of the country's prohibition on marketing by offshore gaming companies.

    The regulator also noted that such activity was against Facebook’s rules, which state operators must have a licence to offer gambling in the particular country they are marketing to via their Facebook page.

    Coolbet’s Facebook pages promoting Kommunepoker and Vennepoker, as well as pages related to ComeOn, Guts, Norgesautomaten, Vera & John and Pokio were all removed from the social media platform.

    Norsk Tipping holds the gambling monopoly in Norway and is the only operator currently permitted to offer online gambling.

    “This marketing violates Norwegian [gambling] regulations and Facebook's guidelines,” Lotteritilsynet senior advisor and lawyer Monica Alisřy Kjelsnes said. “It is also true that many Norwegians are on Facebook, and the gaming companies can potentially reach many there with illegal advertising.

    “We are very positive that Facebook is removing pages and advertisements with promotions for gambling that do not have a licence in Norway, and looks at the dialogue with Facebook as an effective tool to reduce access to illegal gambling.”
    However, Kjelsnes said more must be done to tackle unlicensed operators in the country, saying that such companies are also using other channels outside of social media to connect with players. These include television commercials, other website, sponsorship deals and press releases.

    Last month, Norway’s parliament (Stortinget) approved a legislative amendment aimed at preventing offshore gambling operators from advertising their services to consumers in the country via the internet.
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