I&B Ministry to Print, Electronic, and Digital Media: Don’t Advertise Online Betting Platforms

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The Information and Broadcasting Ministry warned the print, electronic, and digital media on Monday not to promote online betting platforms, claiming that betting and gambling are banned in “most sections” of the country and pose a considerable financial and socio-economic risk to customers. The advise was made in the public interest, according to the ministry, and comes in response to a number of advertising for online betting websites/platforms that have appeared in print, electronic, social, and online media.

It has urged that advertisements for online betting platforms not be published in print or electronic media. It has also advised internet and social media, as well as online advertisement intermediates and publishers, not to broadcast or target such adverts in India. “The advise emphasises that betting and gambling, which are banned in most regions of the country, represent considerable financial and socio-economic danger to customers, particularly young and children,” the ministry said in a statement.

These internet betting commercials have the impact of promoting “this mainly forbidden activity,” according to the report.