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June 24, 2021

Statements by a Facebook spokesman to Yogonet.com

“We are allowing a partner to offer their games to adult users on Facebook’s platform in a safe and controlled manner”

(UK, Exclusive Yogonet.com).- Last week, Facebook has entered the world of online gambling, with the launch of the first real-money bingo and slots app on the site. In order to know more about the issue, Yogonet.com communicated with the company which, through a spokesman, commented about the implications of the new application and about the alliance with Gamesys to start offering this kind of games to their community.

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he Jackpotjoy Bingo and Slots Friendzy app has been created by developer Gamesys and is open to players in the UK over the age of 18. The Friendzy app comprises of a series of 90 ball bingo and slots games which will offer UK-based Facebook players the chance to play with and win real money.

A Facebook spokesperson answered the following questions toYogonet.com on the matter:

Why have you decided to add an app for real cash prizes like Bingo & Slots Friendzy to Facebook's UK App Centre?
Facebook is a place that allows people to connect and share. Real money gaming is a popular and well-regulated activity in the UK and we are allowing a partner to offer their games to adult users on the Facebook platform in a safe  and controlled manner.

Why have you chosen Gamesys to start offering this kind of games to the Facebook community?
Gamesys is a responsible operator and fully licensed and regulated within the EU. We chose Gamesys because the safety of the people who use Facebook is of the utmost importance to us and by working with trusted partners with established, reliable age and identity verification processes we can provide a unique social experience on the Facebook platform – in a safe, controlled environment.

This app is available for British players over 18. What kind of controls will you implement to protect under 18s?
There is a two-tier age-verification process for users wishing to play the new games. Firstly Facebook’s software will prevent people under the age of 18 from being alerted to the availability of these games either through the App Centre or advertising. Secondly a user wanting to play must complete registration with the game provider, which involves stringent, regulator-approved age and identity verification checks. These are the same verification methods that are used on the game-provider's own websites. In addition, Facebook users aged 13-17 will not see any activity involving their over 18 friends who are playing these real-money gambling games.

You have recently partnered with other gambling companies like WMS, IGT, Leander Games and Caesars Interactive Entertainment. They all have launched apps play-for-fun. How has Facebook community respond to this?
We don't comment on specific cases but people love playing all sorts of games with their friends on Facebook.

At the same time, and talking about the same issue, Julien Codorniou, Partner Development at Facebook, stated: "People love playing new types of games with their friends on Facebook and real money gaming is a popular leisure activity in the UK. We're delighted to be working with Gamesys to enable them to offer their games on Facebook so that people can enjoy playing more games with their friends."

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