7 Indian, 1 Pak YouTube News Channel Centrally Blocked Over ‘Anti-Indian’ Content

The channels broadcast “fake news such as the Indian government ordering the demolition of religious structures; the Indian government banning the celebration of religious holidays, the declaration of religious war in India, etc. Such content has proven to be have the potential to create community disharmony and disturb public order in the country.

The press release adds, “YouTube channels have also been used to post fake news on various topics such as Indian Armed Forces, Jammu and Kashmir, etc.”

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

The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative audience of over 114 crore and were subscribed by over 85 lakh users.

The statement also contained details about these channels, as well as the total number of views and subscribers they had received.

The ministry further claimed that the blocked Indian YouTube channels were found using “fake and sensational thumbnails, images of news anchors and logos of certain TV news channels” in an attempt to mislead viewers into error and to present the information as authentic.

Moreover, he added that the channels’ videos displayed advertisements with erroneous content, which could be “detrimental to community harmony, public order and India’s external relations”.

Since December 2021, the ministry has issued instructions to block 102 YouTube news channels.