Newly issued intermediary rules and digital media ethics code in the IT Act were invoked for the first time on Monday to ban 20 YouTube channels and two websites for allegedly distributing anti-India propaganda from Pakistan.
In a letter to YouTube and the Department of Telecommunications, I&B secretary Apurva Chandra demanded that the clip be promptly blocked since it threatens India’s sovereignty and integrity…
Unnamed sources told ET that the development was taking place.
According to government sources, the propaganda was carried out with the assistance of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
They said that ‘Naya Pakistan,’ a YouTube channel with over two million subscribers, was spreading “fake news” about such topics as the Kashmir conflict, farmer protests against farm rules, and the Ayodhya incident.
Security agencies first alerted the I&B ministry to the content, which prompted an investigation.
According to a top official, “This is the first time that the IT Rules, 2021 have been utilized to block anti-India propaganda sites.”
National security is jeopardized because of “information infringement.”
According to our findings, these websites were being operated out of the country of Pakistan.
The officer, who was part of the review, warned that the content on these channels is blasphemous and a threat to national security.
There are 15 Naya Pakistan-owned YouTube channels that have been banned by India, as well as ‘The Naked Truth,’ ’48 News,’ and ‘Junaid Halim official.
According to an investigation by the I&B ministry, some of the movies, including those involving Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Taliban forces marching into Kashmir, got around 3 million views.
Over 500 million people have viewed videos from these YouTube channels about India, which has a subscriber base of 3.5 million people.
A closer look at the videos found on these channels revealed that they were all phoney.
Prior to the protests, security officials had noted an increase in the presence of extreme individuals.
Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) was accused of inciting farmers in Delhi and Punjab through its anti-India secessionist movement, which led to its expulsion from the Sikh community.
Following a year-long protest by farmers on Delhi’s borders, the farm regulations were overturned during the winter session of Parliament.
In accordance with the IT Rules, 2021, a committee will have 48 hours to ratify the decision to restrict or block these channels and websites, according to government officials.
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