Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation from the report by Bristol University What are the odds? The appeal of gambling adverts to children and young persons on twitter, published on 26 October, that there should be an opt-in requirement to receive gambling advertisements on social media.
The Government is carrying out a Review of the Gambling Act 2005 and is looking closely at the evidence regarding the impacts of allowing operators to advertise, including on social media. It will consider the research conducted by Bristol University carefully as part of that Review.
All gambling advertising, wherever it appears, is subject to strict controls on content and placement. Gambling operators advertising online, including on social media, must abide by the advertising codes issued by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Gambling Commission may take enforcement action against them if they do not. The CAP consulted earlier this year on proposals to strengthen the codes and further limit the presence of gambling adverts for the protection of children and vulnerable people. Changes to safeguard vulnerable adults were announced this summer, and the full outcome is to be announced before the end of the year.
Following work with the Gambling Commission, the industry has also committed to make better use of advertising technology to target adverts away from children on social media. The Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising now requires operators to ensure paid-for advertising is targeted only at those over 25 years old on social media and to age-gate operator YouTube channels and content.
The Government is also looking more broadly at how online advertising is regulated through the Online Advertising Programme, which will be launching a public consultation this year. Our aim is to foster fair, accountable and ethical online advertising that works for individuals, businesses and society as a whole.
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30/08/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: BRIEFING PAPER Number 7428, 30 August 2019 Gambling advertising By John Woodhouse Inside: 1. The
2. Advertising to children
27/06/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Number CBP08198, 27 June 2019 Advertising to children By Lorraine Conway Contents: Summary 1. Regulation
3. Gambling Advertisements: Effect on Children
08/09/2017 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Taylor | 8 September 2017 Gambling Advertisements: Effect on Children Debate on 14 September 2017
Found: between gambling and gaming with a particular focus on the need to protect children and young people.Executive
5. Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry
01/02/2020 - Inquiry: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry - Gambling Industry Committee
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Found: Are the three primary aims of the Gambling Act 2005 (to prevent gambling from being a source of crime or
1. Gambling: Children and Young People
06/12/2021 - Lords Chamber
1: are the odds? The appeal of gambling adverts to children and young persons on Twitter, published in October - Speech Link
2: considered carefully in our ongoing review of the Gambling Act, which is taking a close look at the impacts - Speech Link
3: research indicates how easily children can be influenced by gambling advertisements even when they are not targeted - Speech Link
2. Children: Gambling Advertisements
14/09/2017 - Lords Chamber
1: perceived as a conflict of interest, in that one of my children is head of policy for Google in the UK.The genesis - Speech Link
3. Gambling Advertising
12/09/2018 - Lords Chamber
1: prevalence of gambling advertising, as reported in the Gambling Commission’s Review of online gambling, published - Speech Link
2: of online gambling has seen increased advertising for these products on TV and in social media. There are - Speech Link
3: his reply. The extent of the social problems caused by problem gambling has become clear and is widely - Speech Link
4. Gambling: Addiction
01/11/2018 - Lords Chamber
1: here and to ask this Question. On his behalf and with his permission, I beg leave to ask the Question - Speech Link
5. UK Advertising in a Digital Age (Communications Committee Report)
25/04/2019 - Lords Chamber