Anti-India Content: Centre Blocks 22 YouTube Channels

Centre Blocks 22 YouTube Channels, For ‘Anti-India’ Content

Action Against 22 YouTube Channels Creating Fake News

Anti-India Content: 22 YouTube Channels allegedly spreading misleading information regarding India’s national security and foreign matters were blocked. The action was taken by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting after noticing their ‘Anti-India’ content. Ban Includes 18 Indian YouTube channels & four Pakistan-based news channels.

An order by the Ministry asserted that these YouTube Channels were using the logos and thumbnails of News channels to show themselves authentically to mislead the viewers. After a thorough investigation, three Twitter accounts, one Facebook account, and one news website are also blocked.

Statement By Ministry

On Tuesday Anurag Thakur, Union I&B Minister said, “These channels were involved in spreading misinformation impacting India’s sovereignty, national security & relations with other countries. They were spreading fake news about the pandemic & Russia-Ukraine crisis. We won’t shy away from taking such action in the future.”

A statement by Ministry said, “The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, utilizing the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021, has issued orders on 04.04.2022 for blocking of twenty-two (22) YouTube-based news channels, three (3) Twitter accounts, one (1) Facebook account, and one (1) news website. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of over 260 crores and were used to spread fake news, and coordinated disinformation over social media on subjects sensitive from the perspective of national security, India’s foreign relations, and public order.”

Blocked Channels

The YouTube Channels that are blocked now, were having millions of subscribers who were following their misleading news and updates.

22 Banned YouTube Channels Include:

Indian Channels:

  • ARP News with 4.4 Cr Subscribers
  • AOP News with 74 Lakh Subscribers
  • LDC News with 4.7 Lakh subscribers
  • SarkariBabu with 2.4 Lakh subscribers
  • SS ZONE Hindi
  • Smart News
  • News23Hindi
  • Online Khabar
  • DP news
  • PKB News
  • KisanTak
  • Borana News
  • Sarkari News Update
  • Bharat Mausam with 2.9 Lakh subscribers
  • RJ ZONE 6
  • Exam Report
  • Digi Gurukul
  • दिनभरकीखबरें

Pakistan Based Channels

  • DuniyaMeryAagy with 4.2 Lakh Subscribers
  • Ghulam NabiMadni
  • HAQEEQAT TV with 40.9 Lakh Subscribers
  • HAQEEQAT TV 2.0 with 3 Lakh Subscribers

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Further, Ministry stated,

“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. False thumbnails were used, and the title and thumbnail of the videos were frequently altered to increase the virality of content on social media. In certain cases, it was also observed that systematic anti-India fake news was originating from Pakistan.”

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