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Ministry of I&B blocks 16 YouTube news channels for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations and public order

Utilizing the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, 2021, vide two separate orders on 22.04.2022, issued directions for blocking of sixteen (16) YouTube based news channels and one (1) Facebook account.

The blocked social media accounts include six Pakistan based and ten India based YouTube news channels, having a cumulative viewership of over 68 crore. It was observed that these channels were used to spread fake news over social media on matters related to national security, India’s foreign relations, communal harmony in the country, and public order. None of the digital news publishers had furnished information to the Ministry as required under rule 18 of the IT Rules, 2021.

Nature of content
The content published by some of the India based YouTube channels referred to a community as terrorists, and incited hatred among the members of various religious communities. Such content was found to have the potential to create communal disharmony, and disturb public order.

Multiple India based YouTube channels were observed to publish unverified news and videos having the potential to create panic among various sections of the society. Examples include false claims related to announcement of a pan-India lockdown due to COVID-19 thereby threatening the migrant workers, and fabricated claims alleging threats to certain religious communities, etc. Such content was observed to be detrimental to public order in the country.

YouTube channels based in Pakistan were found to have been used in a coordinated manner to post fake news about India on various subjects such as the Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir, and India’s foreign relations in the light of situation in Ukraine, etc. The content of these channels was observed to be completely false, and sensitive from the perspective of national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, and India’s friendly relations with foreign States.

On 23rd April 2022, the Ministry had also advised private TV news channels against making false claims and using scandalous headlines. Government of India remains committed to ensure a safe and secure information environment in India across print, television and online media.

YouTube channels

Sl. No YouTube Channel Name Media Statistics
1. Saini Education Research 5,870,029 Views

59,700 Subscribers

2. Hindi Mein Dekho 26,047,357 Views

3,53,000 Subscribers

3. Technical Yogendra 8,019,691 Views

2,90,000 Subscribers

4. Aaj te news 3,249,179 Views

Subscribers: NA

5. SBB News 161,614,244 Views

Subscribers: NA

6. Defence News24x7 13,356,737 Views

Subscribers: NA

7. The study time 57,634,260 Views

3,65,000 Subscribers

8. Latest Update 34,372,518 Views

Subscribers: NA

9. MRF TV LIVE 1,960,852 Views

26,700 Subscribers

10. Tahaffuz-E-Deen India 109,970,287 Views

7,30,000 Subscribers

Total Views: 42,20,95,154

25,54,400 Subscribers

Pakistan based YouTube channels
11. AjTak Pakistan 6,04,342 Views

Subscribers: NA

12. Discover Point 10,319,900 Views

70,600 Subscribers

13. Reality Checks 2,220,519 Views

Subscribers: NA

14. Kaiser Khan 49,628,946 Views

4,70,000 Subscribers

15. The Voice of Asia 32,438,352 views

Subscribers: NA

16. Bol Media Bol 167,628,947 Views

1,1,60,000 Subscribers

Total Views: 26,28,41,006

Subscribers: 17,00,600

Facebook account

SI. No. Facebook Account No. of Followers
Tahaffuz E Deen Media Services INDIA 23,039

BCS Bureau

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