Fake News youtube channel blocked

Ministry of I&B blocks 18 Indian, 4 Pakistan News Youtube Channel; using false thumbnails to mislead viewers

5 months ago

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, under the IT Rules, 2021, has issued orders for blocking of 22 YouTube based news channels, 3 Twitter accounts, and 1 Facebook account, and 1 news website. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of over 260 crore, and were used to spread fake news over social media on subjects of India’s national security, foreign relations, and public order.

Since the notification of the IT Rules, 2021, in February last year, this is the first time action has been taken on the Indian YouTube based news publishers. Through the recent blocking order, eighteen (18) Indian YouTube news channels have been blocked.

According to Ministry, “It was observed that a significant amount of false content published by the these Indian YouTube based channels related to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and aimed at jeopardizing India’s foreign relations with other countries.”

The blocked Indian YouTube channels were using templates and logos of certain TV news channels, including images of their news anchors, false thumbnails, and title and thumbnail of the videos were frequently altered to increase the virality of content on social media.

Since December 2021, the Ministry has blocked 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.

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

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