Online betting: government issues advisory against ads promoting online betting

The Government of India on Monday issued a recommendation to mass media please refrain from advertising online betting platforms. Advice comes in the light of cases of a number of advertisements on the Internet betting websites/platforms appearing in print, electronic, social and online media.

“Betting and gambling, illegal in most parts of the country, poses a significant financial and socio-economic risk to consumers, especially youth and children,” the advisory statement said. largely prohibited activity,” the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said in a statement.

Ministry consulted online and social networks, including online advertisement intermediaries and publishers not to display such advertisements in India or to target such advertisements to an Indian audience.

On December 4, 2020, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued a recommendation for private satellite television channels to adhere to the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) guidelines for online game advertising, which contained specific recommendations and prohibitions for print and audio. visual advertising of online games.