Indian Government Launched Biggest Crackdown on Fake YouTube Channels

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The Government of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday launched the biggest crackdown on fake YouTube channels, Twitter handles and news websites. To prevent fake news, it blocked 18 Indian, 4 Pakistan-based YouTube news channels, 3 Twitter accounts, 1 Facebook account and 1 news website.

These blocked channels were filled with fake news and videos from top to bottom and were using provocative headlines and clickbait thumbnails to garner views. Actions were taken by the I&B Ministry under IT Rules, 2021. Since December 2021, the Ministry has issued directions for blocking of 78 YouTube based news channels and several other social media accounts on grounds related to national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, public order, etc.

Crackdown on Fake YouTube Channels
These are a couple of example of the kind of video content that was being posted on these fake channels

According to the press release by the PIB, the blocked YouTube channels had a total viewership of over 260 million.

These channels and websites were using an emotional and clickbait tagline strategy to get views, they were posting on various topics like Indian Armed Forces, Jammu and Kashmir, World War 3 etc.

The Indian government was also concerned that the kind of false content that was being posted on these platforms could jeopardise India’s foreign relations with other countries.

Details of Social Media Accounts and Website Blocked

YouTube channels

Sl. NoYouTube Channel NameMedia Statistics
Indian YouTube channels
1. ARP NewsSubscribers:

Total Views: 4,40,68,652

2.AOP NewsSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 74,04,673

3.LDC NewsSubscribers:  4,72,000

Total Views:6,46,96,730

4.SarkariBabuSubscribers:  2,44,000

Total Views: 4,40,14,435

5.SS ZONE HindiSubscribers:  N.A

Total Views:5,28,17,274

6.Smart NewsSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 13,07,34,161

7.News23HindiSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 18,72,35,234

8.Online KhabarSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 4,16,00,442

9.DP news

 

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 11,99,224

10.PKB News

 

Subscribers: NA

Total Views: 2,97,71,721

11.KisanTakSubscribers:  NA

Total Views: 36,54,327

12.Borana NewsSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 2,46,53,931

13.Sarkari News UpdateSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 2,05,05,161

14.Bharat MausamSubscribers: 2,95,000

Total Views: 7,04,14,480

15.RJ ZONE 6Subscribers:  NA

Total Views: 12,44,07,625

16.Exam ReportSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 3,43,72,553

17.Digi GurukulSubscribers:  NA

Total Views: 10,95,22,595

18.दिनभरकीखबरेंSubscribers: NA

Total Views: 23,69,305

Pakistan based YouTube channels
19.DuniyaMeryAagySubscribers: 4,28,000

Total Views: 11,29,96,047

20.Ghulam NabiMadniTotal Views:  37,90,109
21.HAQEEQAT TVSubscribers: 40,90,000

Total Views: 1,46,84,10,797

22.HAQEEQAT TV 2.0Subscribers: 3,03,000

Total Views: 37,542,059

 

Website

 

Sl .NoWebsite
Dunya Mere Aagy

 

Twitter accounts (All Pakistan based)

 

Sl .NoTwitter AccountNo. of followers
Ghulam NabiMadni5,553
DunyaMeryAagy4,063
Haqeeqat TV323,800

 

Facebook account

 

Sl .NoFacebook AccountNo. of followers
DunyaMeryAagy2,416

 

Inputs in the story were take from Press Information Bureau (Government Of India)

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