Indian Government blocked 8 YouTube channels for spreading fake news.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India issued orders to block eight YouTube-based news channels, one Facebook account and two Facebook posts for spreading fake news. Allegedly, the content published by these YouTube channels was to spread hatred among religious communities in India. The videos of the blocked YouTube channels included false claims about Governmental policies on religious issues, going from an alleged demolition order of religious structures to banning celebration of religious festivals and declaration of religious wars in India. Additionally, there was some content on the Armed Forces, also completely false and sensitive from the perspective of national security. This content intends to create communal disharmony and disturb public order in the country, according to the Ministry, who since 2021 has issued directions for blocking 102 YouTube-based news channels and other social media accounts.