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India blocks YouTube channels, Facebook page spreading fake news

August 18, 2022 - PatialaPolitics

India blocks YouTube channels, Facebook page spreading fake news

India has blocked 8 YouTube-based news channels, one Facebook account and two Facebook posts using the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021. The blocked YouTube channels were subscribed by over 85 lakh users and had a cumulative viewership of over 114 crore.

In a statement, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said that the content published by some of these YouTube channels was to spread hatred among religious communities in India. False claims were made in various videos on the blocked YouTube channels. Out of the 8 YouTube channels that were blocked, one — News ki Dunya — with 97,000 subscribers was based out of Pakistan.

Among the fake news being spread by YouTube included inciteful content like the Indian government ordering the demolition of religious structures, ban on the celebration of religious festivals and declaration of religious war in India.

Stating that the YouTube channels were used to post fake news on various subjects, including the Indian Armed Forces and Jammu and Kashmir, the ministry noted that the content was a threat from the perspective of national security and India’s friendly relations with foreign States.

The blocked Indian YouTube channels allegedly used logos of certain TV news channels, fake and sensational thumbnails and images of news anchors to mislead the viewers into believing that the news was authentic. The banned Facebook account was that of Loktantra TV, which had 3,62,495 followers

To note, the government has, since December 2021, blocked 102 YouTube-based news channels and several other social media accounts.

The YouTube channels that were blocked include:

Loktantra TV
Views: 23,72,27,331
Subscribers: 12.9 lakh

U&V TV
Views: 14,40,03,291
Subscribers: 10.2 lakh

AM Razvi
Views: 1,22,78,194
Subscribers: 95,900

Gouravshali Pawan Mithilanchal
Views: 15,99,32,594
Subscribers: 7 lakh

SeeTop5TH
Views: 24,83,64,997
Subscribers: 33.5 lakh

Sarkari Update
Views: 70,41,723
Subscribers: 80,900

Sab Kuch Dekho
Views: 32,86,03,227
Subscribers: 19.4 lakh

News ki Dunya (Pakistan based)
Views: 61,69,439
Subscribers: 97,000