Gov asks YouTube to take down channels spreading fake news
Government officials on Wednesday asked YouTube to remove three channels for spreading fake news and making false claims about public welfare programmes. On Tuesday, the Press Information Bureau Fact Check Unit declared the channels to be peddlers of fake news.
According to reports, The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has directed YouTube to take down three channels: Aaj Tak Live, News Headlines, and Sarkari Updates.
The government clarified that Aaj Tak Live is not associated with the India Today Group.
"A #YouTube channel 'News Headlines' with almost 10 lakh subscribers and 32 crore views is propagating #FakeNews about the Prime Minister, Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of India, and the Election Commission of India," the PIB Fact check handle tweeted on Wednesday.
In addition, they claimed that the government gives money to people who have opened bank accounts, Aadhaar cards, and PAN cards.
The three YouTube channels have over 33 lakh subscribers, and their videos have been watched over 30 crore times.
The world's most popular video-sharing platform revealed earlier this month that it removed 5.6 million (56 lakhs) videos between July and September last year, and that these videos had violated its community guidelines.