400+ Crypto Advertisements Violate Guidelines in India — ‘Some Influencers Talk About Crypto Without Understanding It’

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has reportedly revealed that more than 400 crypto ads violated its guidelines so far this year. The majority of complaints the ad council received are directed at influencers. “Some influencers talk so confidently about crypto without fully understanding it.”

419 Ads in Violation — Most Complaints Concern Influencers

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has reportedly revealed that it received 453 complaints relating to crypto ads between January and May.

The council added that out of all complaints, 419 cryptocurrency advertisements required modifications, the Economic Times reported Monday, noting that most complaints concern influencers.

Manisha Kapoor, CEO of ASCI, described:

Some influencers talk so confidently about crypto without fully understanding it. It does create an impression that it is safe, it’s fine and a cool thing.

She explained that the council will continue to focus on adequate disclosures and risk disclaimers for payment-based promotions. The standards body is currently focusing on raising awareness with crypto exchanges.

“Some of these influencer ads don’t even talk about the risks, which is not right and against our guidelines. Technically, they are ads with no disclosures or disclaimers, which is mandatory,” Kapoor detailed, elaborating:

This is in violation of our guidelines. We will escalate it to the government in case of no compliance.

There are two sets of guidelines applicable to most crypto ads in India. One covers the promotion and advertisement of cryptocurrencies, crypto exchanges, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It was issued by the ASCI in February and went into effect in April.

The other set of guidelines, which entered into force in June last year, regulates the advertising and marketing activities of influencers.

Since the ASCI is a self-regulatory organization and its guidelines are not legally binding in India, when there is a breach of guidelines, it publishes the names of those in violation and escalates the case to relevant government regulators.

In May, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) proposed banning public figures, including celebrities and sportsmen, from advertising and endorsing crypto products and services. The securities watchdog also proposed that public figures be held liable for any legal violations when promoting crypto products.

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