Govt Blocked 94 YouTube Channels, 19 Social Media Accounts In 2021-22
New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday stated that in 2021-22, the Government blocked 94 YouTube channels, 19 social media accounts and 747 uniform resource locators (URLs) engaged in anti-India activities.
“We have blocked those who were trying to work against the country,” the Minister said, adding that the Government has taken strict measures to stop people from creating propaganda. These actions have been taken under Section 69A Information Technology Act 2000.
This was in response to questions raised by Ayodhya Rami Reddy.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the minister also highlighted that the Government has statutory and institutional mechanisms in place to combat fake news. For print media, the Press Council of India (PCI), a statutory autonomous body set up under the Press Council Act, 1978. PCI has framed “Norms of Journalistic Conduct” for adherence by the media, which includes specific norms to refrain print media from publication/ dissemination of fake/false news.