Earlier this month, a rumour was leaked that Facebook would be offering online gambling applications to its users. The news was generally received well by gaming operators and casino fans; however, parents are now catching on to the news and are none-too-pleased with the possibility of Facebook offering online gambling.
The main concern among parents is underage gambling. Parents are worried that individuals under the age of 18 will be able to easily access online casino activities. Facebook applications are made to be incredibly convenient for users, and it is believed that children may has easy access to applications they should not be able to take part in.
Additionally, parents are worried that if children are not able to take part in gambling, they still may be encouraged to do so. Facebook applications allow users to share their information and progress with certain games, and if children only see their friends’ ‘achievements’, they will develop unhealthy and unrealistic ideas about gambling.
While these are all inherent risks of offering gambling via Facebook, the social networking site seems to be taking great precaution. Executives have been meeting with online gaming operators in order to ensure that the potential gambling applications are safe and secure for all Facebook users.