Australian Politician Wants Facebook To Ban Gambling

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South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has come out and voiced his opposition to social media giant Facebook potentially allowing online gambling through its website.

Xenophon, a stringent anti-gambling politician said that if Facebook were to allow online gambling that it would "(create) a new generation of problem gamblers". He has already gone as far as to write Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, requesting clarification on the company's online gambling strategy. The Senator also wants the company to ban gambling through its site.

Xenophon fears that under Australian law, the Government will not be able to bar citizens from wagering on Facebook.

Speaking to The Australian, Senator Xenophon said "Mark Zuckerberg needs to do the right thing - he is already worth a few billion bucks," said Xenophon. "Does he really want to make money off the vulnerable and the addicted? The social network will end up becoming the anti-social network because it will fuel gambling problems."

"Facebook is an iconic brand and by lending its credibility to online gambling we will see online gambling sky rocket and I don't think the authorities will be able to enforce it."

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