Lottstift Issues Warning to Social Media Groups Over Gambling

Norway's gaming regulator Lottstift has announced that they've issued a series of warnings to social media platforms in the country, advising them that they need to have a zero-tolerance approach for promoting gambling content.

The regulator was quick to remind the platforms that gambling advertising is illegal, except for Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping, which are state-owned entities. Lottstift also said that they've penalised Schpell.com for promoting illegal sites and has also issued cease and desist notices to Baris Entertainment AS, Viken Underholdning AS, and Tiergarten Marketing Ltd for promoting gambling through the likes of social media influencers, YouTube, Twitch, or other methods.

Norway has been looking for ways to continue to enforce the ban on illegal gambling sites. Lawmakers introduced a measure to block access to illegal sites using the site's DNS. If accessed, visitors would be moved to a landing page that explains that the site is blocked and the reason why.

In a statement, Lottstift Director Monica Alisøy Kjelsnes said, "Schpell uses Norwegian influencers. Much of their marketing takes place in Norway and is aimed at Norwegian consumers. We saw that many of the biggest influencers have stopped marketing illegal gambling. At the same time, there are some who are teetering on the edge of breaking the law. We will monitor and will consider more inspections."

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19 February 2024 - 6:50am

It's nice to see these illegal gambling sites are getting the Smackdown finally. Hopefully more countries take the fight to them.

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