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Centre Bans 8 YouTube Channels for Unfurling Misinformation About India

"The content was observed to be completely false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India's friendly relations with foreign states," the government said.

Centre Bans 8 YouTube Channels for Unfurling Misinformation About India

Sentinel Digital Desk

New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today has prohibited eight youtube channels inclusive of one from Pakistan for spreading misrepresentations about India's public order, homeland security and foreign affairs.

The Ministry has forbidden seven Indian and one based in Pakistan you tube channels on grounds of IT Rules, 2021. As per ANI reports, the restricted channels had a number of views higher than 114 crore and over 85,73,000 subscribers.

It has also been disclosed that the topics included in the inaccurate anti-India content had been monetized by the prohibited channels. Prior to this, the Ministry on April 25 had banned ten Indian channels on you tube and six channels placed in Pakistan for the same.

It said the channels were also used to post fake news on various subjects such as the Indian armed forces, Jammu and Kashmir, etc.

"The content was observed to be completely false and sensitive from the perspective of national security and India's friendly relations with foreign states," the government said.

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