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Centre asks OTT platforms, TV channels to stop betting site ads



Satellite TV and streaming services like Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video, and other digital media must immediately stop airing advertisements promoting gambling and betting. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issue two advisories. The first advisory is for private television channels and the other for digital news publishers and OTT platforms. It is strongly advising them to refrain from showing advertisements of offshore online betting sites and surrogate advertisements of such sites.

The Ministry had earlier issued an advisory on June 13, 2022, advising newspapers, private TV channels, and digital news publishers to refrain from publishing advertisements on online betting platforms

It says that “neither the betting platforms nor the news websites register under any legal authority in India. Such websites are promoting betting and gambling under the garb of news as surrogate advertising.”

The government is asking the Digital Platforms to stop displaying Betting site ads

In the Advisories, the Ministry has informed that online offshore betting platforms are now using news websites as a surrogate product to advertise the betting platforms on digital media. In such cases, the Ministry has found that the logos of surrogate news websites bear a striking resemblance to betting platforms.

Ministry in its advisory also said that “since betting and gambling is illegal in most parts of the country, advertisements of these betting platforms as well as their surrogates are also illegal.”

“Betting and gambling are an illegal activities in most parts of India. In accordance with Paragraph 9 of the Guidelines for Prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements 2022 under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, it has been observed that since betting and gambling are illegal, advertisements of online offshore betting and gambling platforms are also illegal,” the I&B Ministry wrote in its advisory.

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Centre warns of penal action against digital media and TV channels that continue to publish advertisements on online betting platforms

So, the Ministry of Information and Broadcast has asked OTT platforms, digital media websites, and TV channels to refrain from promoting offline or online betting and gambling platforms and services through advertisements in the larger public interest.

“In light of the Ministry’s Advisory 13.06.2022 and the above, and having regard to the larger public interest involved. The online news websites and OTT platforms are strongly advise to refrain from broadcasting advertisements of online betting platforms and/or their surrogate news websites or any such product/service depicting these platforms in a surrogate manner,” the ministry adds

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