New Delhi, India | Xinhua | The Indian government on Monday issued an advisory to all kinds of media platforms to ban publishing, telecasting or promoting advertisements about online betting and gambling in the country.
Issued by the federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the advisory came after a number of advertisements of online betting websites/platforms appeared in print, electronic, social and online media.
“Betting and gambling, illegal in most parts of the country, pose a significant financial and socio-economic risk for consumers, especially youth and children. Advertisements on online betting have the effect of promoting this largely prohibited activity,” said the advisory.
It added that the online betting ads were misleading and did not conform to various laws of the country.
The advisory also advised the online and social media, including the online advertisement intermediaries and publishers, not to display such advertisements in India or target such advertisements toward the Indian audience.