January 22, 2022
ISLAMABAD—The Indian government banned 35 YouTube channels and multiple social media accounts operating from Pakistan on Friday.
Indian Secretary Information & Broadcasting Apurva Chandra announced that content posted by these YouTube channels and accounts had nearly 130 crore views.
"These accounts were operating from Pakistan. They were propagating fake news and unleashing a fake news war against India," the secretary said.
Joint Secretary I&B Vikram Sahay said that action had been initiated against these YouTube channels and social media accounts as per the IT Rules.
"We have banned 35 YouTube channels, two Twitter handles, two Instagram handles, two websites and one Facebook account," he said.
YouTube channels blocked by the Indian government include Khabar with Facts, Global Truth, Information Hub, Apni Dunya TV and Bol Media TV, among others. The two websites blocked by the ministry have been identified as "whiteproductions.com.pk" and "dnowmedia.com."
Similar action was initiated by the ministry in December of last year when 20 YouTube channels were blocked for airing 'anti-India' content.
The Naya Pakistan Group (NPG), based in Pakistan, was one of the 20 YouTube channels ordered to be removed. NPG has a YouTube following of over 3.5 million. Their videos have been seen over 550 million times as per the ministry.
"Many of the NPG's YouTube channels were run by anchors from Pakistani news channels," the ministry claimed.
International Web News, Khalsa TV, The Punch Line, 48 News, The Naked Truth, News 24, Fictional Historical Facts, Punjab Viral, Naya Pakistan Global, and Cover Story were among the 20 channels blocked for Indian viewers.
Additionally, the two websites, The Kashmir Global and Kashmir Watch were also completely blocked by the Indian government.
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