Centre’s big action: I&B ministry issues advisory to media to not promote online betting;

“Betting and gambling, illegal in most parts of the country, pose significant financial and socio-economic risk for the consumers, especially youth and children,” the advisory states.

It has further added that these advertisements on online betting have the effect of promoting this largely prohibited activity.

New Delhi : The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Monday issued an advisory to print, electronic and digital media to refrain from advertising online betting platforms. In this advisory, many advertisements running in the print, electronic, social, and online media of the online betting website, and platform have been banned.

Ministry gave this warning
The ministry said the advisory has been issued in larger public interest and comes in the light of instances of a number of advertisements of online betting websites/platforms appearing in print, electronic, social and online media. The ministry warned the print and electronic media to refrain from publishing advertisements on online betting platforms. It has warned online and social media, including online advertising intermediaries and publishers, not to display such advertisements in India or target such advertisements to Indian audiences.

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the deep impact on youth
The I&B Ministry said in its statement, that illegal betting and gambling are illegal in most parts of the country. These pose significant financial and socio-economic risks to audiences, especially youth and children. Betting Ads in India Online and social media including intermediaries and publishers are advised not to display such advertisements in India or target such advertisements to Indian audiences.

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In its advisory, the ministry noted that advertisements of online betting are “misleading” and they do not “appear to be” in strict conformity with the Consumer Protection Act 2019, Advertising Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995, and advertisement norms under the Norms of Journalistic Conduct laid down by the Press Council of India under the Press Council Act, 1978.

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