See the full list of Pak-based Indian YouTube channels blocked to limit the spread of misinformation

New IT rules: 7 Indian and 1 Pakistan-based YouTube news channels blocked for anti-Indian content

New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Thursday blocked seven Indian YouTube channels and a Pakistani channel for “fake anti-Indian content”. The blocked channels had a cumulative audience of over 114 crore and were subscribed by over 85 lakh users.
Separated from Youtube channels, the ministry also issued orders to block a Facebook account and two Facebook posts on August 16. and public order in the country,” the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said.
Here is a list of blocked channels, their audience and subscribers:
Channel name Hearing The subscribers
Loktantra TV 23,72,27,331 views 12.90 million subscribers
U&V Television 14,40,03,291 views 10.20 million subscribers
AM Razvi 1,22,78,194 views 95,900 subscribers
Gouravshali Pawan Mithilanchal 15,99,32,594 views 7 million subscribers
ViewTop5TH 24,83,64,997 views 33.50 million subscribers
Sarkari Update 70,41,723 views 80,900 subscribers
Sab Kuch Dekho 32,86,03,227 views 19.40 million subscribers
News ki Dunya (based in Pakistan) 61,69,439 views 97,000 subscribers

“The purpose of the content posted by some of these YouTube channels was to spread hatred among religious communities in India. False claims were made in various videos from blocked YouTube channels,” the ministry said.

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“Fake news, sensational vignettes”

Examples of this include fake news such as the Indian government for ordering the demolition of religious structures; The Indian government has banned the celebration of religious festivals, the declaration of religious war in India, etc. Such content has proven to have the potential to create community discord and disrupt public order in the country.

Moreover, the blocked channels were also used to post fake news on topics like Indian Armed Forces, Jammu and Kashmir, etc. The content was found to be completely false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India’s friendly relations with foreign states, the ministry noted.

Furthermore, blocked Indian YouTube channels have been observed to use fake and sensational thumbnails, images of news anchors and logos of some TV news channels to mislead viewers into believing that the news is authentic.

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All of the blocked channels were broadcasting advertisements with false content harmful to community harmony, public order and India’s external relations.

With the latest action, the ministry issued instructions for the blocking of 102 YouTube-based news channels and several other social media accounts since December 2021.

Raymond T. Helms