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TN Online Gaming Authority proposes strict measures against online gambling advertisements

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The Tamil Nadu Online Gaming Authority (TNOGA) announced on Thursday that it will implement strict measures against advertisements promoting online gambling and gaming of chance within the state. The Hindu reported on the statement released by the TNOGA chairperson, which mentioned that stringent action would be proposed to restrict such advertisements, aiming to reduce the adverse effects associated with online gambling activities.

People who are interested in reporting about online gambling practices are encouraged to do so through the dedicated website,, and an email address, [email protected].

This initiative aligns with the objectives outlined in the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Act, 2022, which aims to control online gambling and related activities within the state.

Under the sections of the above-mentioned Act, individuals found violating the regulations may face imprisonment for a period of up to three months, a monetary fine of up to ₹5,000, or both. Financial institutions and payment gateways are also prohibited from enabling transactions associated with online gambling or gaming of chance.

The Act also prohibits the advertisement of online gambling services or online games of chance within the state, in all forms of media, including electronic means of communication. Any individual or entity found to be engaged in such advertising will face severe penalties, including imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to ₹5 lakh or both.

Repeat offenders are likely to face more severe consequences, with imprisonment ranging from one to three years and fines between ₹5 lakh and ₹10 lakh. These measures highlight the state government’s commitment to controlling the prevalence of online gambling and its associated risks, particularly among vulnerable populations.

In addition to the existing laws established by the Tamil Nadu government, the Central Consumer Protection Authority has issued directives on the prohibition of advertisements promoting prohibited activities or services. This directive enforces existing consumer protection laws, including the Consumer Protection Act of 2019, and mentions individuals, celebrities, advertising firms, producers, and social media platforms’ accountability in obeying these regulations.

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