Government blocks 45 YouTube videos from 10 channels

Government blocks 45 YouTube videos from 10 channels

New Delhi, September 26, 2022

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has directed YouTube to block 45 videos from 10 channels on the video sharing website that had fake news and morphed videos and other such content with the potential to cause communal disharmony and disrupt public order in the country.

The direction was given on the basis of inputs from intelligence agencies, an official press release said.

"Orders to block the concerned videos were issued on 23.09.2022 under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. The blocked videos had cumulative viewership of over 1 crore 30 lakh views," it said.

"The content included fake news and morphed videos spread with the intent to spread hatred among religious communities. Examples include false claims such as the Government to have taken away the religious rights of certain communities, violent threats against religious communities, declaration of civil war in India, etc. Such videos were found to have the potential to cause communal disharmony and disrupt public order in the country.

"Some of the videos blocked by the Ministry were being used to spread disinformation on issues related to Agnipath scheme, Indian Armed Forces, India’s national security apparatus, Kashmir, etc. The content was observed to be false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India’s friendly relations with foreign States," the release said.

According to it, certain videos depicted erroneous external boundary of India with parts of J&K and Ladakh outside the Indian territory. Such cartographic misrepresentation was found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, it said.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur said the content blocked by the Ministry was found to be detrimental to sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the State, India’s friendly relations with foreign States, and public order in the country.

The Minister said said that the Government remained committed to thwart any attempts at undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity, national security, foreign relations, and public order.

NNN

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