Tuesday, 29 November 2022

India blocks two websites and 20 YouTube channels for spreading anti-India propaganda

India blocks two websites and 20 YouTube channels for spreading anti-India propaganda

As per a ministry of information and broadcasting, the central government blocked 20 YouTube channels and two websites on Tuesday for spreading anti-India propaganda and fake news on the internet. The government said that most of the content posted by these channels pertains to “subjects sensitive from a perspective of national security and are factually incorrect.”

The ministry decided to block the YouTube channels and websites in close coordination with the intelligence agencies. The ministry said that the now blocked media and websites belonged to a coordinated disinformation network from Pakistan and post divisive content on Kashmir, Indian Army, Ram Mandir, minority communities, and CDS General Bipin Rawat various sensitive subjects related to India.

A network of YouTube channels of Pakistan-based The Naya Pakistan Group (NPG) and some other standalone channels, with a diverse subscriber base of more than 35 lakh, were involved in the disinformation campaign. The ministry said that some of the YouTube channels of the Naya Pakistan Group were being operated by “anchors of Pakistani news channels.”

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The YouTube channels allegedly tried to incite the religious minorities against the Union government by posting content related to farmers’ protests and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

The ministry added.

“It was also feared that the YouTube channels can be used to post content to undermine the democratic process of the upcoming elections in five states,”

YouTube channel blocked by the government for pushing fake content.

The ministry, exercising emergency powers under Rule 16 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, requested the telecom department to direct the internet service providers to block the YouTube channels and portals.

The YouTube channels blocked by the government were operating under the name of The Punch Line, InternationalWeb News, Khalsa TV, The Naked Truth, 48 News, Fictional, Historical Facts, Punjab Viral, Naya Pakistan Global, Cover Story, Go Global, eCommerce, Junaid Haleem Official, Tayyab Hanif, Zain Ali Official, Mohsin Rajput, Official, Kaneez Fatima, Sadaf Durrani, Mian Imran, Ahmad, Najam Ul Hassan, Bajwa, and News24.