The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Monday blocked 16 YouTube channels for “spreading propaganda relating to India’s national security, foreign relations and public order”. The government said that of the 16 blocked channels, 6 were located in Pakistan and the rest in India.
According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the blocked YouTube channel and Facebook account had a total viewership of over 68 crore and were “spreading false, unverified information to create terror, incite communal disharmony and disturb public order” in India. were.
“YouTube channels were spreading false, unverified information to create panic, incite communal disharmony and disturb public order in India. The blocked YouTube-based news channels had a viewership of over 68 crores,” the government said.
Recently, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting directed the blocking of 22 YouTube-based news channels, four of which were from Pakistan, alleging that they were spreading fake news that harmed national security, foreign relations and public order. could influence.
From December 2021, the ministry issued directions to block 78 YouTube-based news channels and several other social media accounts on grounds related to national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, public order etc.
“It has been observed that a large amount of false content relating to the prevailing situation in Ukraine has been published by these Indian YouTube based channels, with the aim of endangering India’s foreign relations with other countries,” the ministry said in the release. is.”
Including its recent move, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued directions to block 78 YouTube channels and several other social media accounts with effect from December 2021 on grounds related to national security, sovereignty and integrity of India and public order.
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