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Union Minister warns stern action against YouTube channels spreading misinformation

By Shgun S -- April 26, 2022 3:36 pm -- Updated:April 26, 2022 3:36 pm

New Delhi, April 26: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur issued a stern warning to YouTube channels involved in spreading fake news that creates panic, incites communal disharmony and disturbs the law and order situation in India.

"Central government has blocked 16 YouTube channels for spreading false, unverified information to create panic, incite communal disharmony and disturb public order in India. We will continue to take similar action in the future also to protect India's national security," Thakur said on Tuesday.

The union minister further clarified that action against these channels should not be pursued as an action against freedom of speech but an action against misinformation and fake news.

Action against YT channels spreading misinformation

"Central Government supports Freedom of Speech but no one has the right to divide the nation, or spread misinformation. This is the fifth time we have taken such a decision," he added.

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Since the 16 channels that have been blocked comprised Pakistan-based channels too, Anurag Thakur added that "This is a clear message for those engaged in spreading misinformation while being situated inside and outside the country."

On Monday, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting blocked 16 YouTube news channels including 10 Indian and 6 Pakistan-based channels for spreading disinformation related to India's national security, foreign relations and public order.

Action against YT channels spreading misinformation

As per the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, YouTube channels were spreading false, unverified information to create panic, incite communal disharmony, and disturb public order in India.

The blocked social media accounts include six Pakistan-based and 10 India-based YouTube channels, having a total viewership of over 68 crores.

Action against YT channels spreading misinformation

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-PTC News

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