Twenty YouTube Channels and two web sites have been blocked for spreading anti-India propaganda, the Centre mentioned at present after a coordinated effort between intelligence businesses and the Ministry of Data and Broadcasting. A lot of the content material have been on delicate topics linked to nationwide safety and are factually incorrect, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
The channels and web sites belong to a “coordinated disinformation community working from Pakistan and spreading faux information about varied delicate topics associated to India”, the federal government mentioned.
They have been used to submit divisive content material on matters like Kashmir, Indian Military, minority communities in India, Ram Mandir, Basic Bipin Rawat, and so forth, the federal government mentioned.
“Efforts are being created from throughout the border to unfold concern and confusion by way of faux information and anti-India content material,” mentioned Union Minister Anurag Thakur in a video message.
“Motion has been taken towards them beneath the IT guidelines in order that the agenda that Pakistan carries out towards India (is blunted)… Strict motion has been taken towards them in order that such forces don’t work towards India,” he mentioned.
The disinformation marketing campaign was run from Pakistan beneath the Naya Pakistan Group, by anchors of Pakistani information channels. The opposite YouTube channels have been standalone. Collectively, they’ve a subscriber base of over 35 lakh and their movies had over 55 crore views.
“The Naya Pakistan Group was operating 15 channels,” Mr Thakur mentioned. “There have been 5 standalone cannels and two internet portals. They have been violating guidelines so a powerful investigation was carried out,” he added.
The blocked channels — whose listing and spurious content material screenshots have been shared by the ministry — included The Punch Line, Worldwide Internet Information, The Bare Fact, Fictional, 48 Information, Historic Details and Cowl Story.
The YouTube channels had additionally posted content material on points such because the farmers’ protest, protests associated to the Citizenship (Modification) Act, and tried to incite the minorities towards the Authorities of India, the federal government mentioned.
There was concern too that these channels will likely be used to submit content material to “undermine the democratic course of” within the coming elections in 5 states, the Centre mentioned.
The order was the primary by the ministry beneath the brand new data expertise guidelines that have been put in place in February.
The Ministry mentioned it has acted to “safe the data area in India, and utilized emergency powers beneath the Rule 16 of the Data Expertise (Middleman Pointers and Digital Media Ethics Code) Guidelines, 2021”.