Video streaming platform YouTube has pulled down a music video by famous Punjabi singer Kanwar Grewal titled ‘Aliaan’ that was related to the ongoing farmer protests in the country. The video has garnered almost 60 lakh views before it was taken down. Also Read - Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donates Rs 110 crores to help India fight COVID-19 second wave
Now, YouTube has placed a notification on the original video stating that “This content is not available on this country domain due to a legal complaint from the government.” Also Read - How to silence autoplay videos on Facebook and Twitter
A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement: “We comply with valid legal requests from authorities wherever possible, consistent with our longstanding policy and act quickly to remove identified content.” Also Read - Twitter's 'Tip Jar' feature will help you send money to others, starts rolling out now
Many join in support of farmers
Despite the ban, fans of the singer have posted the same video on various individual channels on YouTube which are still accessible. Since the content is of a similar nature, YouTube might be working on clamping down on these videos as well.
Multiple media reports suggest that another video by Punjabi singer Himmat Sandhu titled ‘Asi Vaddange’ with over 1.3 crore views has also been removed by the video streaming platform.
Amidst the chaos, several Punjabi celebrities and singers have come out in support of the protesting farmers as the government toughens its stance on social media accounts spreading misinformation and malicious and inflammatory content as well.
Twitter in a soup
The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has also sent three notices to Twitter, the latest one asking the company to block 1,178 accounts believed to be linked to Khalistan sympathisers and those backed by Pakistan. It was earlier that Twitter had refused to remove these account but after facing arrest of its top officials in India along with a financial penalty, the micro-blogging website has now started blocking the aforementioned accounts.
In another notice, MeitY had asked Twitter to block 257 accounts using the #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide hashtag amid the farmers’ protest, under Section 69A of the IT Act.