Italy’s telecommunications regulator fines Google for betting ads

Italy’s telecommunications regulator (AGCOM) has fined US giant Google for violating domestic law banning gambling and betting ads.

The Authority found that Google Ireland, owner of the Google Ads service, has allowed, through the online advertising service, the dissemination, upon payment, of links that direct to certain sites (landing pages), in violation of the rules to combat gambling disorder.

In particular, the company, through its own search engine, has spread the paid announcement of the site which carries out gaming and betting activities with cash winnings.

Sources who wished to remain anonymous told Reuters that the fine was about 100.000 euros ($ 118.250).

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