KSA warns Dutch online betting operator over in-match tweets

The KSA said it could issue sanctions if the offence is repeated.
The KSA said it could issue sanctions if the offence is repeated.

The Dutch regulator has warned the operator for advertising on Twitter while football matches were in play.

The Netherlands.- The Dutch gambling regulator De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has warned one of the Netherlands’ new online gambling licensees for advertising on Twitter during football matches.

The KSA didn’t name the operator in question but said it had tweeted updates on games, with some tweets quoting odds and including a link to place bets online.

Dutch gambling rules prohibit operators from advertising during sports events on the grounds that such promotion can encourage impulsive betting. The KSA said it had ordered the operator to cease posting immediately once it became aware of the breach.

It said the operator had complied but that it would continue to monitor the operator’s activity, with sanctions being a possibility if the offence occurs again.

Earlier this month, KSA warned the Netherlands’ licensed online gambling operators regarding advertising targeting after it found three licensees advertising gambling services on platforms aimed at children and young adults. These included a Donald Duck website and the YouTube channel TeenTok.

Meanwhile, MPs are pushing the Netherlands’ new minister for legal protection Franc Weerwind for a ban on untargeted gambling adverts to stem what they describe as a “barrage” of advertising since the regulated online market went live at the start of October.

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