India Blocks Over 150 Websites and YouTube Channels for Alleged ‘Anti-India’ Content

India Blocks Over 150 Websites and YouTube Channels

India Blocks Over 150 Websites and YouTube Channels– Since May 2021, more than 150 websites and YouTube-based news channels have been blocked by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) due to allegations of producing ‘anti-India’ content. Central officials, who are privy to this information, have confirmed these actions.

The blocking of these websites and channels is based on their violation of Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. This section empowers government agencies and intermediaries to block any content that undermines India’s sovereignty, integrity, and defense. The government can exercise this authority to safeguard national security, maintain friendly relations with foreign states, and protect public interest. Additionally, it allows for the prevention of any provocation.

An official from the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) revealed anonymously, “In the last two years, more than 150 websites and YouTube-based news channels have been blocked for producing anti-India content.”

These YouTube news channels collectively had over 121,235,000 subscribers and more than 1,320,426,964 total views. Some of the channels that were removed include Khabar with Facts, Khabar Taiz, Information Hub, Flash Now, Mera Pakistan, Haqiqat Ki Duniya, and Aap Duniya TV.

Over the past two years, the I&B ministry has been consistently taking action to eliminate YouTube channels that disseminate misinformation and infringe upon the country’s sovereignty. This policy was implemented by the government on February 25, 2021, under the new IT Act.

In July of the previous year, Anurag Thakur, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, informed Parliament that 78 YouTube-based news channels and 560 YouTube videos were blocked between 2021 and 2022 for violating regulations. He emphasized, “If any (social media) account attempts to mislead or deceive the public, appropriate measures will be taken against it.”

 

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