Sorry, But Google Ads Aren't Driving People To Gamble
from the get-real dept
Google has apparently banned advertisements for online gambling operations in the UK for years. Even though online gambling is legal in the UK, there were strict rules on advertising that Google didn’t want to have to deal with. However, those rules have now been relaxed, so Google is now starting to accept those ads again… and are being attacked by a variety of different groups, including the Church of England, claiming that the global financial crisis could be made worse if Google drives people to gamble.
Can we take a break here and inject a little common sense into the discussion? Google is not the guilty party here.
An ad on Google is not going to drive someone to gamble. If someone wants to do some online gambling, they’ll find a way to do it. If they do a search on online gambling, they’ll find plenty of sites in the organic results, let alone the paid spots. And it means they sought it out. This isn’t to deny that some people have a problem with being unable to moderate their gambling, but to blame it on Google ads is simply grandstanding over something that has no impact on the issue.