The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has blocked 16 YouTube channels for spreading fake messages. 16 channels include 6 Pakistani and 10 Indian youtube channels. The blocked YouTube channels had a combined viewership of over 68 crore users. The channels were blocked you emergency powers under IT Rules, 2021.
According to the government, these YouTube channels were spreading false, unverified information to create panic, incite communal disharmony, and disturb public order in India. It was observed that these channels were used to spread fake news over social media on matters related to national security, India’s foreign relations, communal harmony, and public order. None of the digital news publishers had furnished information to the Ministry as required under rule 18 of the IT Rules, 2021.