NEW DELHI: Three YouTube channels with a combined 33 lakh subscribers have been shut down for spreading false information against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, and vital institutions, according to a statement released by the center.
These three YouTube channels were identified as News Headlines, Sarkari Update, and Aaj Tak Live.
According to a government statement, the investigation of these three channels was performed by the fact-checking unit of the Press Information Bureau, the government’s information dissemination hub.
Several clips disseminating false information regarding the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court, the Election Commission, and the EVM voting system were discovered in a series of over 40 fact-checks done by the unit. According to the government, these videos have been seen over 30 crore times.
Examples of misinformation published on the networks included bogus news articles saying that future elections would be conducted via ballot. According to another video, the government is handing money to anyone with a bank account or Aadhaar card.
The investigation revealed that these YouTube channels used logos of television networks and photographs of notable news anchors to mislead viewers into believing the material was legitimate. These channels were also found to be monetizing disinformation on YouTube by showing adverts on their videos.
In the last year, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has suspended more than one hundred YouTube channels as part of its anti-misinformation campaign, according to the PIB.
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