Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on Thursday that in 2021-22, the ministry took strong action against YouTube channels working against the interest of the country. Also Read - YouTube tips: Top 5 features that you would want to try out now
Responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Thakur said the ministry acted against 94 YouTube channels, 19 social media accounts and 747 URLs and got them blocked. Also Read - YouTube is now banking on YouTube Shorts for monetisation
“These actions were taken under Section 69A of Information Technology Act,” he said. Also Read - YouTube starts rolling out picture-in-picture mode to iPhone, iPad users: How to use it
The minister added that the government acted strongly against agencies working against the sovereignty of the country by spreading fake news and propaganda on the internet.
Referring to Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Thakur said that it is essential to know the difference between a ‘fact-checker’ and someone who is trying to create tension in the society by staying behind the fact check.
“If someone complains against them, action will be taken according to the law,” he said.