The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed YouTube to block 45 YouTube videos from 10 YouTube channels. The ministry has taken this decision on the basis of information received from intelligence agencies. On September 23, orders were issued to block the related videos under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021. The total viewership of the blocked videos was over 1.3 million. Earlier this year, the ministry announced that it has blocked 78 news channels, 560 URLs from 2021 onwards.
According to a statement issued by the ministry, the content includes fake news and morphed videos spread with the intention of spreading hatred among religious communities. Examples include false claims such as the government taking away religious rights of certain communities, violent threats against religious communities, declaration of civil war in India, etc. Such videos were found to have the potential to create communal disharmony and disrupt public order. Country.
The ministry claims that some of the blocked videos were being used to spread propaganda on issues related to Agneepath scheme, Indian armed forces, India’s national security apparatus, Kashmir etc. The material was found to be inaccurate and sensitive. National security perspective and India’s friendly relations with foreign states.
The statement further claimed that some videos depicted India’s incorrect outer borders with parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh outside Indian territory. Such cartographic misrepresentation was found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
A statement from the ministry claimed that 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 material was included in the purview of section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The Government of India is committed to thwart any attempt to undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity, national security, foreign relations and public order.
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