Dutch regulator KSA partners Facebook to tackle illegal lotteries

Netherlands regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) announced a strategic partnership deal with Facebook social media platform in order to tackle more effective illegal lotteries. For some time now, the Ksa has been receiving reports about illegal online lotteries, which are mainly organized via Facebook. These are known as ‘dipping’.

KSA started thirteen investigations in recent months and reached out to Facebook, which doesn’t want any connection with illegal activities. Therefore KSA and Facebook are working together to combat illegal gambling promotion or activities. 

If the KSA reports an illegal lottery to Facebook because Dutch law is being violated, Facebook will remove the group in question in accordance with its own guidelines. The KSA has already reported several Facebook groups, which were removed. This is the fastest and most effective way to stop violations of the Gambling Act.

In a statement on its website, the KSA explained the rules on lottery permits: “Games of chance, such as lotteries, where participation must be paid for, may only be offered if a license has been granted. It is not possible to obtain a permit if there is a commercial objective; the law says that at least 40% of the proceeds should go to charity.”

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