The Ministry of Data & Broadcasting has blocked 22 YouTube channels for allegedly spreading disinformation connected to India’s nationwide security and international household. These embody 18 Indian YouTube recordsdata channels which were blocked for the major time beneath IT Rules, 2021, and four Pakistan-primarily based YouTube recordsdata channels.
In an expose issued on Monday, the ministry talked about these YouTube channels dilapidated trademarks of TV recordsdata channels and spurious thumbnails to lie to viewers.Besides, three Twitter accounts, one Facebook
myth, and one recordsdata online page were also blocked.🗞️ Subscribe Now: Derive Specific Top rate to entry the most crucial Election reporting and diagnosis 🗞️
“These channels were mad by spreading misinformation impacting India’s sovereignty, nationwide security & household with other nations. They were spreading deceptive recordsdata regarding the pandemic & Russia-Ukraine
disaster. We obtained’t anxious away from taking such motion in future,” Union I&B Minister Anurag Thakur talked about on Tuesday.“The Ministry of Data & Broadcasting, the usage of the emergency powers beneath the IT Rules, 2021, has issued orders on 04.04.2022 for blocking of twenty-two (22) YouTube primarily based recordsdata channels, three (3) Twitter accounts, one (1) Facebook myth, and one (1) recordsdata online page. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of over 260 crore, and were dilapidated to unfold deceptive recordsdata, and coordinated disinformation over social media on topics quiet from the perspective of nationwide security, India’s international household, and public expose,” the ministry talked about in a assertion.Amongst channels in India that were blocked, one named ARP Data had 4.4 crore subscribers, adopted by AOP Data with 74 lakh subscribers, and LDC Data with 4.7 lakh subscribers.Amongst Pakistani YouTube channels blocked, ‘Duniya Mery Aagy’ had 4.2 lakh subscribers with its total views crossing 11.2 crore, ‘Ghulam Nabi Madni’ had over 37.09 lakh views, and ‘HAQEEQAT TV’ had extra than 40 lakh subscribers.The Twitter accounts blocked by the govtare all Pakistan-primarily based handles and connected to the same YouTube channels that were blocked, including ‘Ghulam Nabi Madni’, with 5,553 followers, ‘Dunya Mery Aagy’ with 4,063 followers (the channel’s Facebook page too used to be banned) and ‘Haqeeqat TV’ with 3,23,800 followers.The ministry talked about a few YouTube channels were dilapidated to post deceptive recordsdata on many topics, including the Indian armed forces and Jammu and Kashmir. It talked about divulge ordered to be blocked incorporated sure “anti-India” divulge posted from a few social media accounts operated in a coordinated formula from Pakistan.In step with disguise disguise grabs shared by the ministry, the channels posted deceptive headlines on India’s involvement in the Ukraine-Russia war, deceptive bulletins on nation-huge shutdown in India, and deceptive headlines on assaults on India by other nations.“It used to be noticed that a foremost amount of spurious divulge printed by these Indian YouTube primarily based channels connected to the continuing subject in Ukraine, and geared in direction of jeopardizing India’s international household with other nations,” the ministry talked about.Since December 2021, the I&B Ministry has issued directions for blocking 78 YouTube-primarily based recordsdata channels and diverse alternative social media accounts on grounds connected to nationwide security.“The blocked Indian YouTube channels were the usage of templates and trademarks of sure TV recordsdata channels, including pictures of their recordsdata anchors to lie to the viewers to evaluate that the info used to be reliable. Fallacious thumbnails were dilapidated; and title and thumbnail of the videos were gradually altered to expand the virality of divulge on social media. In sure conditions, it used to be also noticed that systematic anti-India deceptive recordsdata used to be originating from Pakistan,” the ministry talked about.