The Italian Communications Regulatory Authority (Agcom) has fined Google with 2.25 million euros and the Twitch platform with 900,000 euros for violating the ban on gambling advertising, the agency reported this Tuesday in a statement.
Following the numerous reports received, two procedures were initiated that determined the presence of more than 80 YouTube and Twitch channels containing more than 20,000 videos advertising slot machines, games of chance, sports betting and scratch cards, the note adds.
In both processes, the companies were held responsible as owners of the media for disseminating videos published by third parties and with which they had specific commercial association contracts.
After the agency’s intervention, the illicit content was removed and the platforms were also ordered to remove and prevent the uploading of similar infringing videos.
However, the procedure against TikTok was closed, upon verifying the absence of a contractual relationship with the 30 content creators who uploaded the content.
“The platforms are responsible for the content that is published. I know very well the work that is done every day to make the Internet a place and safe, but perhaps some more effort is needed,” said Agcom commissioner Massimiliano Capitanio.
“These resolutions are not limited to imposing sanctions for violation of the dignity decree, they also represent an attribution of responsibility to the platforms when there are associations with