Center warns digital publishers and private channels against online betting ads | Latest India News

The Narendra Modi government on Monday issued notices to digital publishers, OTT platforms and private satellite TV channels, asking them to refrain from publishing advertisements from online betting platforms.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in its notice, said that promotional content and advertisements from betting platforms were observed to still be visible on some digital news platforms and OTT platforms. The government also said that some online offshore betting platforms have started using news websites as a substitute for advertising betting platforms on digital media.

Reiterating that betting and gambling is an illegal activity in most parts of India, the ministry said advertisements from online offshore betting and gambling platforms are prohibited.

The Ministry pointed out that with regard to the advertisements of the alternative information sites managed by the online betting platforms, the logos of the relevant information sites are similar to these betting platforms, which are only registered with no legal authority.

“As a result. online oflshore betting platforms appear to promote betting and gambling under the guise of news as substitute advertising. In this regard, the Department of Consumer Affairs also informed that online betting platforms presented themselves as professional sports blogs, sports news websites, etc. while providing an indicative list of online betting platforms that use the information for surrogate advertising,” added the government.

The Ministry has categorically requested news sites and OTT platforms to refrain from running advertisements from online betting platforms or their surrogate news sites.

In addition, in its notices to private channels, the I&B Department alleged that some online offshore betting platforms have started using news websites as a substitute product to advertise their betting platforms. on TV channels.

The Center recalled that betting and gambling are illegal in most parts of India, also pointing out that advertisements from surrogate websites operated by these betting platforms having the same logos as their company mother were broadcast on television channels because they are not registered with any legal body. authority under Indian law.

“In this regard, the Department of Consumer Affairs also advised that online betting platforms presented themselves as professional sports blogs, sports news websites, etc. while providing an indicative list of online betting platforms. line that use news for alternative advertising,” the government said.

“Violation/violation of the above may result in criminal prosecution under applicable laws,” the ministry warned.


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