A Sieve that Does Hold a Little Water – Gambling Advertising and Protection of the Vulnerable in the UK
Journal of Legal Studies
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The internet, social media and online profiling have fundamentally changed advertising and the regulation of gambling advertising has not yet managed to address the challenges and opportunities arising from this technological shift. Furthermore, the regulation of gambling does not take into account sufficiently the needs of children and vulnerable persons. We review the empirical research on the impact of gambling advertising and show how regulatory standards firmly adhere to the transmission theory of communication that prioritises the communicative intent of the advertiser over how the advertising message is received by, or impacts on vulnerable people.