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Government’s action on 10 YouTube channels spreading misinformation, 45 videos were also blocked

Youtube Videos Blocked: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has taken action against YouTube channels spreading false information. About 45 videos from 10 channels have been blocked. The orders to block the related videos were issued on 23.09.2022 under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The blocked video was viewed more than 1.3 million times.

Why such videos were removed

The content included fake news and morphed videos spread with the intention of spreading hatred among religious communities. Examples include false claims such as the government taking away religious rights of certain communities, violent threats against religious communities, declaration of civil war in India. Such videos were found to have the potential to create communal disharmony and disrupt public order in the country.

Videos found sensitive from national security point of view

Some of the videos blocked by the ministry were being used to spread propaganda on issues related to Agneepath scheme, Indian armed forces, India’s national security apparatus, Kashmir etc. The material was found to be inaccurate and sensitive to the view of national security and India’s friendly relations with foreign states.

Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh shown outside India

Some of the videos depicted India’s incorrect outer border with parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh outside Indian territory. Such cartographic misrepresentation was found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.

The content blocked by the ministry was found to be harmful to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state, India’s friendly relations with foreign states and public order in the country. That is why the material was included in the purview of section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

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