Headlines December 6, 2020
Online gaming ads must carry warnings, says Centre
The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked TV channels to carry statutory warnings whenever they carry advertisements of online gaming or fantasy sports sites.
In an advisory, the ministry said that it has come to its notice that channels were showing ads of gaming sites but did not inform the viewers of the financial risks associated.
Online gaming is associated by many with gambling and following concerns, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has released guidelines for issuing these ads, the ministry said.
According to the guidelines, which become effective from 15 December, no person below 18 years of age should be shown playing such games for real money winnings.
Print ads have also been asked to display a disclaimer that playing these games may involve financial risk and can be addictive. The guidelines suggest that the disclaimer should not occupy less than 20% of the space of the print ad.
This has also been suggested for audio-visual and audio ads. The guidelines suggest that the disclaimer should come after the ad and should be in the same language. They also suggest that the audio be in a normal voice.
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