Government Blocks Pakistan-Based YouTube Channels Spreading Fake News About Kashmir, Indian Army
To curb disinformation being spread against India in the digital space, the central government recently blocked up to 20 YouTube channels and two websites. Such action would continue against those who are “preparing a plot” against the country, warned Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur.
These channels have been blocked for allegedly spreading fake news and propaganda information. Reports indicate that Thakur’s ministry had been coordinating closely with intelligence agencies on the matter while deciding to shut down their connectivity.
“I had ordered action against them…I’m glad many big countries have taken notice. YouTube has also come forward and taken action to block them,” the minister said, the report reported. Hindustan Times.
Sharing details of these channels, Thakur said they belonged to a “coordinated disinformation network” which operated from Pakistan and engaged in spreading incorrect information on several sensitive topics related to India.
‘Dividing content’ in a planned way on topics related to Kashmir, Indian Army. the country’s minority communities, Ram Mandir, General Bipin Rawat, etc. were shared by these platforms.
Websites and channels
The majority of the 20 YouTube channels that have been blocked were created by The Naya Pakistan Group (NPG), which is based in Pakistan and has a combined subscriber base of 3.5 million. Videos uploaded to these channels have recorded over 550 million views.
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 were some of the channels blocked by government order.
Apart from the channels, Kashmir Global and Kashmir Watch websites have been ordered to block in their entirety, Hindustan Times reported.
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