In February of 2020, the Italian government passed a law banning chat groups that function as platforms for buying and selling goods and services. The decision was made in an effort to protect the country’s consumers and prevent businesses from evading taxes. Since the chat groups are often used by small businesses and sole proprietors, the ban could have a significant impact on the economy
It’s estimated that chat groups facilitate approximately €10 billion in transactions each year. Critics of the ban say that it will only push businesses and transactions underground, where they will be less regulated and more difficult to track
Supporters of the ban argue that it will ultimately help to level the playing field for businesses that are following the law and paying taxes. Italy’s chat group ban is a controversial move that will have far-reaching implications
Only time will tell if it’s successful in protecting consumers and preventing tax evasion.