8 YouTube channels blocked: Why government has banned them and how they operated


The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has blocked 8 YouTube channels. These have been banned under the IT Rules, 2021. The orders to this effect was issued on August 16. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of over 114 crore and subscriber base of 85 lakh-plus users.
Why these YouTube channels have been banned
According to the ministry, the purpose of the content published by some of these YouTube channels was to spread hatred among religious communities in India. False claims were made in various videos of the blocked YouTube channels. Examples include fake news such as the government of India has ordered demolition of religious structures; another claimed ban on celebration of certain religious festivals, declaration of religious war in India, etc. “Such content was found to have the potential to create communal disharmony and disturb public order in the country,” said the government.

These YouTube channels also posted fake news on various subjects such as the Indian Armed Forces, Jammu and Kashmir, etc. “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,” adds the release.
How the blocked YouTube channels worked
The blocked Indian YouTube channels were observed to be using fake and sensational thumbnails, images of news anchors and logos of certain TV news channels to mislead the viewers to believe that the news was authentic.
All the YouTube channels blocked by the ministry were displaying advertisements on their videos. With this action, since December 2021, the ministry has issued directions for blocking of 102 YouTube channels and several other social media accounts.
Names of the channels banned
Loktantra TV
Views: 23,72,27,331
Subscribers: 12.90 lakh
Views: 14,40,03,291
Subscribers: 10.20 lakh
AM Razvi
Views: 1,22,78,194
Subscribers: 95, 900
Gouravshali Pawan Mithilanchal
Views: 15,99,32,594
Subscribers: 7 lakh
Views: 24,83,64,997
Subscribers: 33.50 lakh
Sarkari Update
Views: 70,41,723
Subscribers: 80,900
Sab Kuch Dekho
Views: 32,86,03,227
Subscribers: 19.40 lakh
News ki Dunya (Pakistan based)
Views: 61,69,439
Subscribers: 97,000



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