Google forcing anti gambling laws into the UK

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  • August 13, 2007
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

Gambling in the UK is a perfectly legal, highly regulated industry. Even the Queen is known to have a flutter on the horses now and then. There is no stigma attached and almost everybody gambles at least once a year.

The government levies lots of taxes on the gambling companies and everybody is quite happy with the current situation.

So why won’t Google let anybody advertise for the term “poker“? Why do they insist on pushing anti gambling legislation from the US down the throats of people in the UK? If they want to block US users from seeing the ads that’s fine but why stop people in the UK from seeing them?

Google is making a pretty half hearted attempt at stopping the ads. A search for “poker” reveals no ads at all while “play poker” isn’t affected in the slightest.

Hat tip to Kieron.