The Ministry of I&B blocks 8 YouTube channels for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations, and public order

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Ministry of I&B blocks 8 YouTube channels for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations and public order
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The Ministry of I&B blocks 8 YouTube channels for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations, and public order

7 Indian and 1 Pakistan-based YouTube news channels blocked under IT Rules, 2021

Blocked YouTube channels had over 114 crore views, and 85 lakh 73 thousand subscribers

Fake anti-India content was being monetized by the blocked channels on YouTube

By PIB Delhi

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, utilizing the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021, issued orders on 16.08.2022 for blocking of eight (8) YouTube-based news channels, one (1) Facebook account, and two Facebook posts. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of over 114 crores and were subscribed to by over 85 lakh users.

Analysis of Content

The purpose of 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. Examples include fake news such as the Government of India to have ordered the demolition of religious structures; the Government of India to have banned the celebration of religious festivals, the declaration of religious war in India, etc. Such content was found to have the potential to create communal disharmony and disturb public order in the country.

The YouTube channels were also used to post fake news on various subjects, such as the Indian Armed Forces, Jammu, and Kashmir, etc. 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 content blocked by the Ministry was found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, India’s friendly relations with foreign states, and public order in the country. Accordingly, the content was covered within the ambit of section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Modus Operandi

The blocked Indian YouTube channels were observed to be using fake and sensational thumbnails, images of news anchors, and logos of certain TV news channels to mislead the viewers to believe that the news was authentic.

All the YouTube channels blocked by the Ministry were displaying advertisements on their videos having false content detrimental to communal harmony, public order, and India’s foreign relations.

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 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.

Details of Social Media Accounts and URLs Blocked

YouTube Channels

Sl. No.YouTube channel NameMedia Statistics
 Loktantra Tv23,72,27,331 views12.90 lakh subscribers
 U&V TV14,40,03,291 views10.20 lakh subscribers
 AM Razvi1,22,78,194 views95, 900 subscribers
 Gouravshali Pawan Mithilanchal15,99,32,594 views7 lakh subscribers
 SeeTop5TH24,83,64,997 views33.50 lakh subscribers
 Sarkari Update70,41,723 views80,900 subscribers
 Sab Kuch Dekho 32,86,03,227 views19.40 lakh subscribers
 News ki Dunya (Pakistan-based)61,69,439 views97,000 subscribers
TotalOver 114 crore views,85 lakh 73 thousand subscribers

Facebook Page

Sl. No.Facebook AccountNo. of Followers
 Loktantra Tv3,62,495 Followers

Exemplars of Blocked Content

Loktantra Tv

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image001G2H2.jpg
https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image002XMMG.jpg

U&V TV

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image003OCM3.jpg

AM Razvi

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image004FM34.jpg
https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image005VMPS.jpg
https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image006L5CO.jpg

Gouravshali Pawan Mithilanchal

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image007HZQW.jpghttps://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image008GY33.jpg

SeeTop5TH

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image0096YSE.jpg
https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image010DF3N.jpg

Sarkari Update

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image0115ZOR.jpg

Sab Kuch Dekho

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image0122E9K.jpg
https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image0131XNC.jpg

News ki Dunya (Pakistan based)

The screenshot as under claims that 100 crore Hindus will kill 40 crore Muslims, and that Muslims should to go Pakistan or Bangladesh otherwise they will be massacred.

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image014UPEA.jpg

The below screenshot claims that India’s Qutub Minar mosque has been demolished.

https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/image/image0159G92.jpg

About Post Author

Suman Munshi

Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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