Websites and YouTube channels spreading lies and conspiring against India will be blocked, I&B ministry warns

In a bid to take control of divisive and anti-India content online, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur warned on Wednesday that the government would continue to take such measures against such “conspiracies” against the country. It comes days after 20 YouTube channels and two websites were blocked for spreading anti-Indian propaganda and fake news,

“I had ordered to act against them… I am happy that many great countries around the world have taken notice. YouTube also came forward and took action to block them,” Thakur said.

The Ministry of I&B had in December last year ordered the blocking of 20 YouTube channels and two websites for spreading anti-Indian propaganda and fake news.

“And also in the future, steps will be taken to block any such account that plots against India, spreads lies and divides society,” the minister said.

In a statement in December, the ministry said the 20 YouTube channels and websites belonged to “a coordinated disinformation network ‘operating from Pakistan and spreading fake news on various sensitive topics related to India’.

The channels have been used to post “divisive content in a coordinated fashion on topics such as Kashmir, Indian Army, minority communities in India, Ram Mandir, General Bipin Rawat, etc,” he said. .

Meanwhile, earlier this week, a global survey showed that public trust in governments and the media has declined over the past year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, while concerns about false news reached unprecedented levels.

The annual Edelman Trust Barometer report, released each year at the World Economic Forum’s Davos summit, showed that 76% of respondents around the world said they were worried about misinformation or fake news being used as a weapon. While Spain tops this list with 84%, India comes in fifth place with 82%.

In terms of the average percentage of trust in NGOs, businesses, governments and the media among their people, China topped the list and India came in fourth place and Russia was at the bottom. Moreover, India has seen declining trust in business, government and the media while it was unchanged in NGOs.

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