Govt Banned 20 Youtube Channels and 2 Websites

Govt Banned 20 Youtube Channels

Indian Govt Bans 20 YouTube channels and 2 websites on Monday were blocked by India after the Union government for the first time used the emergency powers under the intermediary guidelines and digital media ethics code in the IT Act.

That was notified recently, according to a PIB India tweet, The YouTube channels and the websites were allegedly running anti-India content from Pakistan.

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PIB India Tweet

As per the press release, these channels and websites were linked to Pakistan and part of its disinformation network to spread fake news on sensitive subjects related to India.

It read, “The channels were used to post divisive content in a coordinated manner on topics like Kashmir, Indian Army, minority communities in India, Ram Mandir, General Bipin Rawat, etc.”

I&B officials said that the ‘anti-India content’ was being run by Pakistan with the help of Inter-Services Intelligence. One of the groups identified on YouTube was ‘Naya Pakistan’ that had more than 20 lakh subscribers.

This Channel was running ‘false news’ on various issues such as Kashmir, farmers’ protests in India, Article 370, and Ayodhya.

The total subscriber base of these YouTube channels is estimated to be more than 35 lakh (3.5 Million) and has a total viewership of 55 Crore (550 Million), according to the officials.

The 20 YouTube channels include The Punch Line, International Web News, Khalsa Tv, The Naked Truth, News 24, 48 news, Fictional, Historical Facts, Punjab Viral, Naya Pakistan Global, and Cover Story, among others.

The two websites, Kashmir Global and Kashmir Watch have been ordered to be blocked in their entirety.

The two orders to block the YouTube channels and websites were issued by the information and broadcasting secretary Apurva Chandra invoking his emergency powers under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules notified on February 25 this year.

This is the first time that the information and broadcasting ministry has invoked its powers under the new IT rules.

Earlier, orders to block websites could only be issued by the ministry of electronics and information technology or the department of telecom under the IT Act and the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951.

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