The titles of recently blocked Youtube channels –Loktantra TV, U&V TV, AM Razvi, Gouravshali Pawan Mithilanchal, SeeTop5TH, Sarkari Update, and Sab Kuch Dekho — may appear innocuous but were working for nefarious purposes; spreading misinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations and posing threat to public order in the country.
The ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B), utilising the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021, issued orders to block them along with three other channels including a digital channel– News ki Dunya—being operated from Pakistan. The order was issued on Tuesday. The action was taken after specific inputs from intelligence agencies.
The ministry officials said the blocked channels had a cumulative viewership of over 114 crore and over 85 lakh subscribers. The Facebook page of ‘Loktantra TV’ has also been restricted for viewing in India along with two posts on the social media platform, informed the ministry on Thursday.
The blocked channels are accused of creating fake news about the Centre ordering demolition of religious structures, banning the celebration of religious festivals and ‘declaration of religious war in India’.