With this action, since December 2021, the Ministry has issued directions for blocking 102 YouTube-based news channels and several other social media accounts.
The government on Thursday ordered the blocking of eight YouTube channels, including one operating from Pakistan, for allegedly spreading disinformation related to India's national security, foreign relations and public order.
The blocked YouTube channels had over 114 crore views; and 85.73 lakh subscribers, and the content was being monetised, an official statement said.
The channels that were blocked under the Information Technology Rules-2021 include seven Indian news channels. The purpose of the content published by some of these YouTube channels was to spread hatred among religious communities in India.
The blocked YouTube channels made false claims such as the demolition of religious structures by the Government of India, ban on the celebration of religious festivals, and declaration of religious war in India, an official statement said. "Such content was found to have the potential to create communal disharmony and disturb public order in the country," it said.
It said the YouTube channels were also used to post fake news on various subjects such as the Indian Armed Forces and Jammu and Kashmir. "The content was observed to be completely false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India's friendly relations with foreign States," the statement said.
With this action, since December 2021, the Ministry has issued directions for blocking 102 YouTube-based news channels and several other social media accounts. The press release also said that the Government of India remains committed to ensuring an authentic, trustworthy, and safe online news media environment and thwarting any attempts at undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity, national security, foreign relations, and public order.
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