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
Subscribers: 12.90 lakh
Subscribers: 10.20 lakh
Subscribers: 95, 900
Gouravshali Pawan Mithilanchal
Subscribers: 7 lakh
Subscribers: 33.50 lakh
Sab Kuch Dekho
Subscribers: 19.40 lakh
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