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X (Twitter) faces a €1.35 million fine in Italy for violating regulations related to the prohibition of gambling advertisements

X, formerly known as Twitter, has been slapped with a hefty €1.35 million fine by an Italian regulatory authority for violating the country’s ban on gambling advertising. The Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, responsible for overseeing Italy’s communications industry, imposed the penalty on Twitter International Unlimited Company, the entity behind X. The social media platform allegedly ran afoul of Italy’s “dignity decree,” which prohibits any promotion of sports betting or gambling. The violations stem from nine verified accounts on X, which advertised gambling and sports betting websites offering cash prizes. The authority’s decision was influenced by the presence of blue checkmarks on these accounts, holding X accountable for their activities. Additionally, the authority issued orders to restrict access to two active accounts and prevent further uploads of prohibited content.

X wasn’t the only social media fined by the Italian authorities

Just weeks after Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, faced a €5.58 million fine for gambling advertising violations, Twitter (X) is now in the hot seat with a €1.35 million penalty from the Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni. This Italian regulatory body uncovered gambling promotions on 18 social media profiles, including five on Instagram and thirteen on Facebook, along with 32 sponsored posts promoting online casinos or sports betting. Earlier, Google, Twitch, and YouTube were also penalized for similar offenses. Despite pushback from football clubs, the gambling advertising ban in Italy since 2019 remains contentious, impacting partnerships with gambling operators. While partnerships are allowed for teams targeting non-European markets, clubs in Italy’s top leagues contend they’ve suffered financial losses due to the restrictions.