The Indian government on Monday ordered a ban on 10 YouTube channels for circulating fake news and manipulating content to spread hatred against religious communities in an attempt to spread communal disharmony in the country. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur gave this information on Monday.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that as per the inputs received from intelligence agencies and on their advice, 45 videos of 10 YouTube channels have been blocked.
An official statement said the videos that have been banned have garnered a total of 1.30 crore views and claim that the government has taken away religious rights of certain communities. Thakur said that these channels had content which spreads fear and confusion among the communities.
According to an official statement, the banned content includes fake news and morphed videos circulated with the intention of spreading hatred among religious communities. It said that some of the videos that were banned by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting were being used to spread misinformation on issues related to Agneepath scheme, Indian Armed Forces, India’s national security apparatus, Kashmir.
According to the statement, this material is considered false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India’s friendly relations with other countries. It said that the order banning these videos was issued on September 23 under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
Thakur said that earlier the government had banned 102 YouTube channels and Facebook accounts for disturbing communal harmony.
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