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ACMA blocks advertising sites that promote illegal gambling


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) continues to strengthen its measures against illegal betting and has asked ISPs to block affiliate websites that promote and lead users to online gambling sites and services .

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that it will begin blocking websites promoting or leading to online gaming sites and services. The organization has sent a request to ISPs across the country to block affiliate advertising sites, which pose as independent reviewers of gambling services. The ACMA investigated the illegal operators, against whom there had been numerous complaints, and found that they had operated in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.

Sites targeted by ACMA include Australian Gambling, Australia OK Casinos, Pokies, Aussie Online Pokies, Aussie Casino Hex, Australian Casino Club and True Blue Casinos. The authority has made it a priority to block these sites. ACMA Authority member Fiona Cameron said, “These marketing sites can push you towards illegal gambling services that lack the protections that come with licensed and regulated services.”

The ACMA, which saw its responsibilities expanded under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, this year increased its targeting of black market sites, blocking eighteen sites in February and Ten more in March. He blocked 279 illegal gambling sites, which causes blocked sites in Australia to decrease by 95% from June 2021. Problem gambling and related harms have become one of the main concerns in the country.

Players complain that they did not get their winnings

Affiliate websites are directly linked to illegal gambling services and receive commissions from these operators for providing traffic to their websites. Illegal online gambling services are websites that include online casinos where players pay cash to access slots, roulette, and poker games. Cameron added that ACMA often receives complaints from consumers that they did not get their earnings and that incentives and leverage target risky gamblers.

In March, ACMA reported some shortcomings, limiting credit gambling in Australia. According to the authority, Australians have accessed phone lines, asking for credit to gamble for money they don’t have. Some people would never have been entitled to the credit under normal circumstances, but were able to receive the money. The measures, implemented by the ACMA, include monitoring the money exchanged between players and operators, as well as a number of exemptions and the establishment of a credit agreement.

The Queensland State Regional Government recently announced its four-year gambling harm reduction plan. It emphasizes the social responsibility of the industry and leveraging technological and collaborative efforts to minimize the harm of gambling.