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India’s I&B ministry blocks eight YouTube channels for ‘spreading fake news’

Eight YouTube channels with over 85 lakh subscribers have been blocked by MIB in India, citing ‘fake news’ and ‘promoting enmity’

As many as eight news channels on YouTube have been blocked on August 16, 2022, by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, according to a press release put out by the Union government. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of over 114 crore, and were subscribed by over 85 lakh users, the release added. Why it matters: The government has now blocked a total of 102 accounts since December 2021 by invoking the IT Rules, 2021. It is important to make a note of these orders as it is one of the rare occasions where the government has offered reasons behind its blocking orders. Why were they blocked: The ministry alleged that some of these channels were responsible for spreading “hatred among religious communities…

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