Govt cracks down on 35 YouTube channels
Hindustan Times|January 22, 2022
NEW DELHI: The ministry of information and broadcasting issued orders to take down 35 Pakistan-based YouTube channels and two websites for "spreading anti-India fake news in a coordinated manner over digital media", exercising powers granted to it under the new information and technology rules.
Deeksha Bhardwaj

"These channels were toxic and spreading anti-India propaganda," secretary of information and broadcasting Apurva Chandra said in a press conference.

"More and more such channels will continue to be blocked. Not only intelligence agencies, we urge the people to come forward and notify us of (such) content.”

Union minister of information and technology Anurag Thakur said after the Cabinet meeting that any social media account trying to mislead the public would also be taken down. “Any account that is trying to spin a conspiracy or mislead the people will be actioned," he said.

The channels, according to the ministry, have over 12,123,500 subscribers and over 1,320,426,964 views. They include Khabar with facts, Khabar Taiz, Information Hub, Flash Now, Mera Pakistan With and Hakikat Ki Duniya.

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