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Raising Standards for consumers - Compliance and Enforcement report 2020 to 2021

The Gambling Commission's report on Compliance and Enforcement action 2020 to 2021. Archived: Report represents information and guidance valid at the time of publication.

  1. Contents
  2. Illegal gambling
  3. Issues identified and actioned

Issues identified and actioned

We have reported 391 lotteries to Facebook during the financial year 2020 to 2021. Of these, 378 have so far been removed by Facebook.

Facebook lotteries are continually evolving both in volume and complexity. The prizes are increasing in value and becoming more diverse. The Commission is engaged with several partner stakeholder agencies, including Police, DWP & local authorities to disrupt the activity referred to.

We have reported 23 lotteries to Twitter, 5 concerned hosting and 18 promoting. Of these 2 reports have been dealt with by issuing a Cease and Desist. 18 reports were received regarding YouTube of which 4 have been removed.

The Commission is committed to continually reviewing our approach and response to the fast-changing environment of online illegal gambling. We are assessing whether we need further legislative powers, in addition to our current range of tactics, to respond appropriately.

We will advise government of our conclusions via our formal advice on the current review of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab). We are also developing our collaboration with foreign regulators to identify joint approaches to the rise in illegal lotteries on social media and with the social media sites themselves in terms of education regarding the issue.

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