Children 'interested in' gambling and alcohol, according to Facebook

Children 'interested in' gambling and alcohol, according to Facebook

Alex Hern and Frederik Hugo Ledegaard 09/10/2019

Exclusive: algorithm may expose thousands of under-18s to harmful targeted adverts

Facebook has marked hundreds of thousands of children as “interested in” adverts about gambling and alcohol, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation has found.

The social network’s advertising tools reveal 740,000 children under the age of 18 are flagged as being interested in gambling, including 130,000 in the UK. Some 940,000 minors – 150,000 of whom are British – are flagged as being interested in alcoholic beverages.

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