16 YouTube news channels including 6 from Pakistan blocked for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security

16 YouTube news channels blocked

16 YouTube news channels including 6 from Pakistan blocked for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security

New Delhi: Utilizing the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, 2021, issued directions for blocking of sixteen (16) YouTube based news channels and one (1) Facebook account.

    The blocked social media accounts include six Pakistan based and ten India based YouTube news channels, having a cumulative viewership of over 68 crore. It was observed that these channels were used to spread fake news over social media on matters related to national security, India’s foreign relations, communal harmony in the country, and public order. None of the digital news publishers had furnished information to the Ministry as required under rule 18 of the IT Rules, 2021.

    The content published by some of the India based YouTube channels referred to a community as terrorists, and incited hatred among the members of various religious communities. Such content was found to have the potential to create communal disharmony, and disturb public order.

    Multiple India based YouTube channels were observed to publish unverified news and videos having the potential to create panic among various sections of the society.


Apr 26 2022 12:15PM
16 YouTube news channels blocked
Source: Punjab E News

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