By Cecilia Butini

 

Italian communications watchdog Agcom said Thursday that it has fined Alphabet Inc.'s Google Ireland Ltd. for breaching a law banning adverts of online gambling and gaming.

The watchdog said that Google Ireland --which oversees Google Ads-- facilitated the placement of ads with links redirecting to sites that offer online gambling.

According to Agcom, Google's ad placement service doesn't qualify as web hosting but rather as a vehicle for information, and therefore can be sanctioned.

The authority didn't specify the value of the fine.

 

Write to Cecilia Butini at cecilia.butini@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 22, 2020 11:08 ET (15:08 GMT)

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