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Refrain from publishing ads on online betting, media told

  • The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has advised the print, electronic and digital media to refrain from publishing advertisements of online betting platforms.

  • The online and social media, including the online advertisement intermediaries and publishers, have been told not to display such advertisements in India or target them at the Indian audience. The advisory has been issued in view of a number of advertisements of online.

  • “The advertisements of online betting are misleading, and do not appear to be in strict conformity with the Consumer Protection Act, Advertising Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, and advertisement norms under the Norms of Journalistic Conduct laid down by the Press Council of India under the Press Council Act,” it said.

  • On December 4, 2020, the Ministry issued an advisory to private satellite TV channels to adhere to Advertising Standards Council of India guidelines on advertisements of online gaming that contained specific dos and don’ts for the print and audiovisual advertisements of online gaming.

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