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Online Bingo gets Black Listed by Facebook


Surprisingly, after Facebook's recent review of its advertising policies, the management have decided that Bingo is to be added to their list of products deemed to be ‘morally unacceptable'.

This ban on online bingo comes following an annoucement that bingo follows other online gambling games such as Poker, Sports Betting and Online Casino which will also be added to Facebooks banned list.

Facebook's list of black products also includes the more likely products such as nicotine and tobacco, nudity, uncertified pharamaceuticals, guns, spy cameras and a whole host of other products.

Pinning licensed, regulated, online bingo and gaming as a whole against some of these more morally conspicous products seems slightly at odds with facebooks profile, especially given that the ban counters the UK governments backing of the UK's online bingo world which is regulated by the government and absolutely legal.

The problem with facebook appearing to back gambling probably stems from the legal issues
in the US which are difficult to fathom (some states allow gambling while others view it like the plague). No doubt, facebook hinders any complicated legalities and more specifically prosecution for seeming to be aiding & abetting gambling if they open their advertising doors to it.

That said, the ban counters Googles' recentmove which allows gambling advertising to be promoted in the UK.

An example of other attempts at avoiding more bizarre legal problems is the addition of
dairy products (alongside tobacco, guns, unlicensed drugs etc) to the obscure list of
banned products. It would seem, the lawyers at facebook have been informed that for some American states, laws exist whereby promotions offering dairy related products are banned and as a result, advertising of milk and cheese have been removed from facebook...
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