Controversy Over Facebook Gambling Plan

Controversy Over Facebook Gambling Plan

Written by: ava carson on 05/12/2011 16:25

Facebook has their own face to save as the heat intensifies over the possible online gambling rumor. Considering there is over 3 million users on the social network between the ages of 13-17 and another million under the age of 13, underage gambling could be a potential problem.

There is apprehension of sending out a signal to children that online gambling is ok without understanding the risk factors involved. Facebook is a very influential network and if gambling has their approval, the fear is minors will find it an acceptable practice without it fully understood.

Facebook held a meeting in London last week with the industry to discuss the prospects of gambling.

In a recent interview with Dr. Lefever who treats addicts said: “Introducing gambling to Facebook is a cynical way for the gambling industry to find new markets, making gambling look acceptable.

"There will be young people who think these games have Facebook approval, that you can gamble and its fun. It's not gambling destroys families."

Louise Ellman of Christian Action Research Education added: “Because there is a link between the age when people start gambling and the likelihood of developing a difficulty controlling their gambling, protecting children from the normalisation of gambling is vital."

Trent University Professor Mark Griffins commented: "Even when no money changes hands, young children are learning the mechanics of gambling. These games can be a gateway to more serious gambling."

Facbook’s response: "We are always in discussions with companies about lots of different ideas, but we don't comment on future plans or speculation."

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