I&B ministry orders 20 anti-India YouTube channels and two websites to be blocked

The minister also tweeted: “We have taken strict action against cross-border activities aimed at sowing unrest in India by spreading fake news and propaganda.”

The ministry said in its statement that the modus operandi of the anti-Indian disinformation campaign involved the Naya Pakistan Group (NPG), operating out of Pakistan, which has a network of YouTube channels, and other YouTube channels. standalone unrelated to NPG.

“As part of a closely coordinated effort between intelligence agencies and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the ministry on Monday ordered the blocking of 20 channels on YouTube and two websites disseminating anti-propaganda. Indian and fake news on the Internet, ”he said.

Through two separate orders, “one for 20 YouTube channels running YouTube and the other for two news websites, asking the telecommunications department to direct ISPs to block news channels / portals “, says the press release.

The ministry shared the list of 20 YouTube channels, which were ordered to be blocked, along with screenshots of some of the “factually incorrect and anti-Indian content,” saying they have a subscriber base. combined of over 35 lakhs and their videos had over 55 crores of views.

“Some of the YouTube channels of the Naya Pakistan Group (NPG) were operated by Pakistani news presenters,” he added.

The ministry said that these YouTube channels had published content on issues such as the farmers’ protest, the demonstrations related to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and “also tried to incite minorities to oppose the government. Indian”.

“There were also concerns that these YouTube channels would be used to post content that would undermine the democratic process of the upcoming elections in five states,” he added.

The ministry said it had acted to secure “the information space in India” by ordering the blocking of 20 YouTube channels and two websites, using the emergency powers given to it under the Information Technology Rule 16 (Interim Guidelines and Code of Ethics for Digital Media) Regulation, 2021.

“Most of the content is about sensitive national security issues and is factually incorrect. action under the provisions to block content in an emergency, ”he added.

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