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What country has banned ChatGPT?

Answer: Italy.

Closeup of a finger pointing towards a smartphone screen with the ChatGPT landing page on it, with the words "welcome to ChatGPT" on a black screen in the background.
Not everyone is thrilled with OpenAI’s artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT. In fact, one country has gone so far as to ban the bot entirely.

Italy’s data protection agency announced Friday an official ban on ChatGPT within its borders, and OpenAI has 20 days to comply. If not, the company could be fined €20 million or 4 percent of global revenue, whichever is larger. Italy has also launched an official investigation into the technology.

The main reason behind the ban, according to Italy’s press release, is user privacy. Italy is concerned that ChatGPT does not have adequate privacy protections for user data and that it has no regulations for minors. The English translation of the press release calls the ban a “temporary limitation,” and it is unclear how long it might last.