Facebook may have been used to ‘brainwash’ children into gambling Simon Chandler, Forbes · October 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm Facebook is the greatest system of cognitive and behavioural manipulation the world has ever seen. Over the years, it has allegedly influenced the outcome of elections, the products we consume, our sexualities and sexual values, and even our senses of identity. It would come as little surprise, therefore, to learn that Facebook has also been used to advertise gambling, or to put it differently, has also been used to manipulate many of us into gambling. Yet what comes as more of a surprise, however, is that the use of Facebook by gambling companies doesn’t end with simple advertising. No, because a small number of firms have also been using Facebook to more indirectly manipulate gamblers into visiting online casinos and gambling websites.