Government Warns Influencers against Foreign Betting Apps

  • The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting advises social media influencers to refrain from promoting or advertising offshore online betting and gambling platforms. 
  • The ministry emphasizes the financial and socio-economic implications of online gambling on consumers, particularly the youth. 
  • Online advertisement intermediaries are advised not to target such promotional content towards the Indian audience. 
  • Social media intermediaries are advised to conduct user sensitization efforts to refrain from publishing such content. 
  • Failure to comply may lead to proceedings under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, including removal or disabling of social media posts or accounts. 
  • The Ministry reiterates the advisory by the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) dated 06.03.2024, which expressed concerns regarding endorsements of betting/gambling platforms by celebrities and influencers.
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