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Ofcom’s New Regulations for Video Sharing Platforms

Published 08.10.2021  Author: Jake  Category: News

Ofcom, also known as The Office of Communications, is a government approved regulatory body which moderates broadcasting in the UK. They body has recently announced a series of upcoming regulation changes which will be implemented across a number of social media platforms, in an attempt to mitigate hateful content.

The regulator has listed a number of measures that video-sharing platforms such as TikTok, Twitch and YouTube must follow in order to protect their users. These online-based giants will be ordered to take “appropriate measures” to protect users on the platform from content that is related to child sexual abuse, terrorism and racism. The action of Ofcom came following results of research showing a third of users have seen hateful content on these sites.

The video sharing platforms will be required to both provide and enforce clear rules for the content that is uploaded to their site. In addition to this, the reporting process must be streamlined and be as easy as possible. The final demand is that adult content must be restricted with robust age verification.

A number of companies, including those mentioned will be watched carefully, with any offenders being fined. Ofcom have promised that next year they will release a report which will determine if and how these regulations have been implemented.

The affiliate marketing industry may benefit from these new regulations, as it will allow for a number of brands to feel confident having affiliates who primarily use video sharing platforms to promote products.

The MGA Amends Rules for Suspicious Betting Reporting

Published 08.10.2021  Author: Stephen  Category: News

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has changed its rules for the reporting of suspicious betting. Due to the changes, the regulator’s Sports Integrity Unit will require suppliers to report any suspicious betting activity through its Suspicious Betting Reporting Mechanism (SBRM), which originally became a requirement for operators at the beginning of the year.

Without revealing its source of information, the MGA’s Sports Integrity Unit will now inform licensees of any suspicious betting activity related to
any event or promotion they may be having.

The MGA stated the changes are intended to allow the betting sector to be more informed and to allow better monitoring and evaluation of sports betting risks.

The MGA said: "One of the Malta Gaming Authority’s commitments is to take a proactive approach in managing sports betting integrity with the aim of addressing the threats posed by match-fixing and malicious sports betting. In this regard, the Authority’s Sports Betting Integrity department continuously seeks ways of improving monitoring and reporting capabilities across the wider Maltese sports betting sector."

Kenya Considers Banning Daytime Gambling

Published 07.10.2021  Author: Jake  Category: News

The Nairobia Country Assembly in Kenya is currently making a decision on whether they should ban gambling during daytime hours. The bill that was proposed by Waithera Chege at a recent hearing, has plans to completely ban all forms of gambling between the hours of 6am and 8pm. In addition to this, the bill will look to further regulate mobile betting and introduce a strict ban on advertising gambling near betting venues.

A survey by Geopoll was carried out in 2017, which found that Kenya has the highest number of youths engaging in gambling in sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimated 76% of the population being involved.

The survey also revealed that Kenyan youths also placed more bets in comparison to other sub-Saharan countries, spending an average of
5,100 Kenyan shilling or $50. The majority of bets were placed on various football events.

In an interview, Waithera Chege said: “I have observed the operations of betting and gaming establishments in the county for a while now. I believe something must be done to curtail the hours spent in these establishments by our youth if we are to secure our future as a county.”

“I shall be proposing that the county and National Licensing Board limit the operating hours of these establishments so as to help protect productive hours among the citizenry and avoid wastage of time by some of our youth who are sadly now addicted to gambling and spend a lot of time at these establishments.”

Connecticut Delay Sports Betting Launch

Published 07.10.2021  Author: Stephen  Category: News

Today (Wednesday, October 7), sports betting was due to launch in Connecticut. However, the Department of Consumer Protection have confirmed that the launch of retail and online sports betting has been delayed. The delay is due to it taking longer than expected for the necessary publication of memorandums of understand on the federal register.

Although Connecticut’s two Native American tribes have already started offering in-person sports bets, all other sources, including online, Lottery, and
off-track-betting sites will have to wait before offering bets.

Kaitlyn Krasselt, a spokesperson for the Department of Consumer Protection, said: "We are still working to finalize the details of the state-wide online and retail launch of sports betting, and we are working with the licensees to ensure their platforms are certified and in compliance with the regulations prior to launch. As such, no date has been set but we do not anticipate it to be a lengthy delay."

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