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The government on Thursday ordered the blocking of eight YouTube channels, including one operating from Pakistan, for allegedly spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations and public order. Blocked YouTube channels had over 114 crore views; and 85.73 lakh subscribers and the content was monetized, according to an official statement.

Channels that have been blocked under the Information Technology Rules-2021 include seven Indian news channels.

Blocked YouTube channels have made false claims such as the demolition of religious structures by the Indian government, the banning of celebrating religious holidays, the declaration of religious war in India, according to an official statement.

“This content has proven to have the potential to create community discord and disturb public order in the country,” he said.

He said YouTube channels were also used to post fake news on various topics such as Indian Armed Forces and Jammu and Kashmir.

“The content has been observed as completely false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India’s friendly relations with foreign states,” the statement said.

The e-commerce giant has tested a feed on its app that allows shoppers to scroll through photos and videos of TikTok-like products posted by other users.

Raymond T. Helms