The government is cautious about social media content, due to which continuous action is being taken against some channels and handles of social media platforms Twitter and YouTube. Recently the IT Ministry has taken action against a game on 73 Twitter handles, 4 YouTube channels and Instagram. He is accused of publishing inflammatory material related to fake cabinet meetings. The government has taken this step after the complaint of Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar. In December last year also, the government had ordered the blocking of a large number of YouTube channels.
Chandrashekhar said that the ‘fake and violent’ video is in the public domain since December 2020. Responding to the request of the user, the minister said that work is being started on it. He later said that the Task Force on Safe and Trusted Internet has resolved the matter.
The report quoted sources as saying that these handles are linked to Pakistan. Also, information was given in this regard and a complaint was lodged on behalf of Minister Chandrashekhar.
He further added, “Handles trying to share fake/inflammatory content on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram have been blocked.” He also said that as per the law, the owners of the accounts have been identified for action.
“Workforce on secure and reliable internet at work @GoI_MeitY. Handles trying to push fake/inflammatory content on Twitter, YouTube, FB, Instagram have been blocked,” Chandrashekhar said.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting revealed that around 20 YouTube channels and two websites have been ordered to be blocked in coordination with intelligence agencies as they were spreading anti-India propaganda and fake news. The ministry issued two orders, one directing YouTube to block 20 channels and the other order blocking two news websites.
Communications and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had recently said that content posted on social media platforms should be clearly defined. “the way content is created, the way content is consumed, the way the internet is used. The languages the internet is used in, the machines, the way the internet is used “Everything has changed. So, with these fundamental changes, we definitely need a fundamental rethink on the entire governance structure of the internet,” he said.
IT Ministry suspends 73 Twitter accounts, 4 YouTube channels first appeared on BGR India for spreading fake news.