New Delhi. The government has ordered the blocking of 45 videos of 10 YouTube channels for tampering with content and spreading fake news with the intention of spreading hatred among religious communities. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur gave this information on Monday.
Videos viewed more than 30 million times
An official statement said the videos that have been blocked have garnered a total of 1.30 crore views and claim that the government has taken away religious rights of certain communities. “These channels contained content that spreads fear and confusion among communities,” Thakur said.
Allegations of spreading hatred among religious communities
According to an official statement, the banned content includes fake news and morphed videos circulated with the intention of spreading hatred among religious communities.
Accused of spreading false information on matters related to national security
It said, “Some of the videos that have been banned by the ministry were being used to spread misinformation on issues related to Agneepath scheme, Indian Armed Forces, India’s national security apparatus, Kashmir.”
IT Rules 2021: Action under IT Rules
According to the statement, this material is considered false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India’s friendly relations with other countries. It said that the order to ban these videos was issued on 23 September under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
Government has already taken action
Thakur said that earlier the government had banned 102 YouTube channels and Facebook accounts for disturbing communal harmony.