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Ministry of I&B blocks 22 YouTube channels for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations and public order

18 Indian YouTube news channels blocked for the first time under IT Rules, 2021

4 Pakistan based YouTube news channels blocked

YouTube channels used logos of TV news channels & false thumbnails to mislead viewers

3 Twitter accounts, 1 Facebook account, and 1 news website also blocked

Posted On: 05 APR 2022 2:18PM by PIB Delhi

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, utilizing the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021, has issued orders on 04.04.2022 for blocking of twenty-two (22) YouTube based news channels, three (3) Twitter accounts, one (1) Facebook account, and one (1) news website. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of over 260 crore, and were used to spread fake news, and coordinated disinformation over social media on subjects sensitive from the perspective of national security, India’s foreign relations, and public order.

Action on Indian YouTube based news channels

This is the first time action has been taken on the Indian YouTube based news publishers since the notification of the IT Rules, 2021 in February last year.Through the recent blocking order, eighteen (18) Indian and four (4) Pakistan based YouTube news channels have been blocked.

Analysis of Content

Multiple YouTube channels were used to post fake news on various subjects such as the Indian Armed Forces, Jammu and Kashmir, etc. The content ordered to be blocked also included certain anti-India content posted from multiple social media accounts operated in a coordinated manner from Pakistan.

It was observed that a significant amount of false content published by the these Indian YouTube based channels related to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and aimed at jeopardizing India’s foreign relations with other countries.

Modus Operandi

The blocked Indian YouTube channels were using templates and logos of certain TV news channels, including images of their news anchors to mislead the viewers to believe that the news was authentic. False thumbnails were used; and title and thumbnail of the videos were frequently altered to increase the virality of content on social media. In certain cases, it was also observed that systematic anti-India fake news was originating from Pakistan.

With this action, since December 2021, the Ministry has issued directions for blocking of 78 YouTube based news channels and several other social media accounts on grounds related to national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, public order, etc.

The Government of India remains committed towards ensuring an authentic, trustworthy, and safe online news media environment, and thwart any attempts at undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity, national security, foreign relations, and public order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details of Social Media Accounts and Website Blocked

YouTube channels

Sl. No

YouTube Channel Name

Media Statistics

Indian YouTube channels

1.

 ARP News

Subscribers: 

Total Views: 4,40,68,652

2.

AOP News

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 74,04,673

3.

LDC News

Subscribers:  4,72,000

Total Views:6,46,96,730

4.

SarkariBabu

Subscribers:  2,44,000

Total Views: 4,40,14,435

5.

SS ZONE Hindi

Subscribers:  N.A

Total Views:5,28,17,274

6.

Smart News

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 13,07,34,161

7.

News23Hindi

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 18,72,35,234

8.

Online Khabar

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 4,16,00,442

9.

DP news

 

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 11,99,224

10.

PKB News

 

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 2,97,71,721

11.

KisanTak

Subscribers:  NA

Total Views: 36,54,327

12.

Borana News

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 2,46,53,931

13.

Sarkari News Update

Subscribers: NA 

Total Views: 2,05,05,161

14.

Bharat Mausam

Subscribers: 2,95,000

Total Views: 7,04,14,480

15.

RJ ZONE 6

Subscribers:  NA

Total Views: 12,44,07,625

16.

Exam Report

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 3,43,72,553

17.

Digi Gurukul

Subscribers:  NA

Total Views: 10,95,22,595

18.

दिनभरकीखबरें

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 23,69,305

Pakistan based YouTube channels

19.

DuniyaMeryAagy

Subscribers: 4,28,000

Total Views: 11,29,96,047

20.

Ghulam NabiMadni

Total Views:  37,90,109

21.

HAQEEQAT TV

Subscribers: 40,90,000

Total Views: 1,46,84,10,797

22.

HAQEEQAT TV 2.0

Subscribers: 3,03,000

Total Views: 37,542,059

       

 

Website

 

Sl .No

Website

  1.  

Dunya Mere Aagy

 

Twitter accounts (All Pakistan based)

 

Sl .No

Twitter Account

No. of followers

  1.  

Ghulam NabiMadni

5,553

  1.  

DunyaMeryAagy

4,063

  1.  

Haqeeqat TV

323,800

 

Facebook account

 

Sl .No

Facebook Account

No. of followers

  1.  

DunyaMeryAagy

2,416

 

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Saurabh Singh



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