MIB directs YouTube to take down three channels for spreading fake news

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed YouTube to remove three channels, Aaj Tak Live, News Headlines and Government Updates, for spreading fake news in the country.

Important facts

  • The action was taken as the channels were declared peddlers of fake news by the Fact Check Unit of the Press Information Bureau on 20 December.

  • In a series of over 40 fact-checks, the PIB Fact Check Unit (FCU) busted these three YouTube channels which were spreading false information in India.

  • These channels have around 33 lakh subscribers and their videos, almost all of which were found to be false, have been viewed more than 300 million times.

  • These YouTube channels were engaged in spreading false and sensational claims regarding the Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of India, Government schemes, Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), farm loan waiver etc.

  • In the last one year, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has banned over one hundred YouTube channels for spreading fake news.

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting - Anurag Singh Thakur

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