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Anti-Online Gambling Coalition Grasps at Advertising Straws

Having failed to get much traction on a federal prohibition of online gaming, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his coalition have pointed to targeted online ads promoting online gambling as proof that Congress should take action.
But the measure is a desperate ploy, given that the ads aren’t intentionally placed on certain sites by the online casinos.
Business Insider recently ran a story about the Coalition to Stop Online Gambling’s opposition to the ads. The coalition says it has found such ads on websites about gambling addiction or featuring children’s games.
In its story, Business Insider pointed out that such placements are called retargeting ads. They don’t pop up on unrelated websites unless the web user initially visits a site related to the ads. As an example, Business Insider mentioned that a promotion for a hotel in San Francisco might show up on other websites after the user searched for flights to that

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