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Govt blocks 10 YouTube channels, 45 videos aimed at inciting communal hatred; check details here

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The Centre Government on Monday blocked 10 YouTube channels along with 45 videos for spreading content including fake news & morphed videos spread with the intent to spread hatred among religious communities.

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has requested that YouTube remove 45 videos from 10 different channels based on information provided by intelligence services. More than 1 crore 30 lakh people have seen the banned videos: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

The content includes fake news and manipulated videos with the goal of inciting violence between various religions. Instances when this kind of rhetoric is used include violent threats against religious groups and false assertions that the government has taken away religious liberties for specific populations, IB Ministry said.

It was discovered that these kinds of movies have the capability of causing communal strife and disrupting public order in the country, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said.

The ministry said the action was taken on the inputs from intelligence agencies. "Some of the videos blocked by the Ministry were being used to spread disinformation on issues related to Agnipath scheme, Indian Armed Forces, India's national security apparatus, Kashmir," Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said.

According to the statement, the video ban was imposed on September 23 in accordance with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.

According to Thakur, the government has already shut 102 social media profiles and YouTube channels that promoted hatred amongst different communities.

The government said that several movies incorrectly placed sections of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh outside of India.

The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has said that inaccurate maps threaten India's national security.

Since this material fell within the purview of section 69A of the Information Technology Act of 2000, no further action was required.

(With inputs from PTI)

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