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Govt Blocks 7 Indian, 1 Pakistani YouTube Channels For Anti-India Content

Blocked YouTube channels had over 114 crore views, and 85 lakh 73 thousand subscribers.

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New Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Thursday blocked 7 Indian and 1 Pakistan-based YouTube news channels under IT Rules, 2021.

Blocked YouTube channels had over 114 crore views, and 85 lakh 73 thousand subscribers. Fake anti-India content was being monetized by the blocked channels on YouTube: Ministry of I&B, news agency ANI reported.

Earlier in April 2022, the I&B Ministry had blocked 22 YouTube channels, including four Pakistan-based YouTube news channels, for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations, and public order. The Ministry also blocked three Twitter accounts, one Facebook account and one news website.

Of the 22 blocked YouTube channels, 18 were Indian. This is the first time that action has been taken against the Indian news publishers since the notification of the IT Rules, 2021 in February last year, it said.

Since December 2021, the Ministry has issued directions for blocking 78 YouTube-based news channels and several other social media accounts on grounds related to national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, public order, etc.

Multiple YouTube channels were used to post “fake news on various subjects such as the Indian Armed Forces, Jammu and Kashmir, etc,” the Ministry said. “The content ordered to be blocked also included certain anti-India content posted from multiple social media accounts operated in a coordinated manner from Pakistan.”

“It was observed that a significant amount of false content was published by the Indian YouTube channels related to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and aimed at jeopardising India’s foreign relations with other countries,” it said.

The blocked Indian YouTube channels were using templates and logos of certain TV news channels, including images of their news anchors to mislead the viewers to believe that the news was authentic, the Ministry said.

(With ANI Inputs)

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