YouTube channels are banned by the government again 16 channels include also ones from Pakistan The Government of India has blocked YouTube channels once more. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting blocked 16 additional YouTube channels last month to misinform national security. Six channels are of Pakistani origin, and the rest are Indian-origin. These news channels are now permanently banned.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting stated that “False, unverified and misleading information was used to incite communal discord and disrupt public order in India”. These YouTube and Facebook channels were used to collect a viewership of 68 million. It added that “None” of the digital news publishers had provided information to the ministry under Rule 18 of IT Rules, 2021.
Again, YouTube channels are blocked by the government
These accounts and channels were accused of publishing content that called members of specific community terrorists. This was the main reason for the ban. This content was also said to encourage religious hatred within communities. It was found that the blocked YouTube channels of Pakistan were being used to spread fake news about India. These topics cover various topics such as the Army and Jammu and Kashmir, and foreign relations gave the current situation in war-torn Ukraine.
It stated that such content could cause communal discord and disrupt public order. According to the ministry, multiple YouTube channels based in India were publishing unverified videos and news that could cause panic among different sections of society.
False claims regarding the announcement of a pan-India lockdown because of COVID-19, thereby endangering the migrant workers, and fabricated claims alleging that certain religious communities are under threat, are just a few examples. It stated that such content was found to be harmful to the country’s public order.
MRF TV LIVE and Saini Education Research are among the blocked channels in India. The Voice of Asia, Discover Point, Reality Checks, and AjTak Pakistan are some of the banned accounts.
The ministry stated that the content of these channels was tales and sensitive in terms of India’s national security, sovereignty, integrity, and national security as well as India’s friendly relations and relations with foreign states.