The game is available in countries around the world, from lottery to poker and to casino options. In all parts of the world where gambling is legal, there are regulations that must be observed. The same can be said in areas where activity is illegal. When the rules are broken, the government or the gaming regulator takes action. In Kazakhstan, the government recently blocked LinkedIn, a subsidiary of Microsoft, for serving online casino ads and fake accounts.
In Kazakhstan, it is illegal to advertise any type of online casino game. The government claims that LinkedIn allowed such ads in the country, which was considered a violation of the regulations. the Ministry of Information and Social Development reportedly asked LinkedIn to remove ads and shut down fake accounts.
The company was unable to respond to the request and the site was blocked in the country. Officials say they will re-authorize LinkedIn if the site deals with the complaints that have been filed. Quite interesting, Kazakhstan is close to Russia both economically and politically. Russia has been blocking LinkedIn since 2016.
Strict online laws
Usually, a site is blocked in a country when it offers online gambling services where it is illegal to do so. It is not uncommon to see large operators stranded in parts of the world where iGaming is not legalized.
For Kazakhstan, the country has strict rules regarding casino games. The social media site of LinkedIn has unfortunately been criticized after proposing the casino ads. The site is not a site that offers gambling services, but it still violates the rules for advertising such content.
This is not the first time that the country has blocked social media sites. Just two years ago, sites like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram have been blocked. At the time, the sites covered local election protests and protests.
LinkedIn responded to government claims by Kazakhstan. A spokesperson for the company said LinkedIn has clear policies that ban ads related to gambling. They also do not allow the creation of fake profiles.
The spokesperson further said the company was investigating the matter. It is a top priority of the company to ensure that members are safe and can enjoy a professional and trusting experience. Currently, over 700,000 people in Kazakhstan have a LinkedIn account. These members will not have access to the site until the government decides to unblock the brand.