Highlights

  • India asks Google to stop displaying online betting ads
  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting writes to Google Inc
  • Betting of any form is illegal in India

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Centre asks Google to drop surrogate ads of betting companies

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

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed Google to discontinue displaying surrogate advertisements of betting companies.

The letter sent last week to Google India asked the company to immediately drop all advertising from betting platforms like Fairplay, PariMatch, Betway in search results as any form of gambling is illegal in India.

The latest request comes two months after the government asked broadcasters and video streaming services to drop such advertisements.

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