Any website, YouTube channel spreading lies, conspiring against India will be blocked: IB Minister Anurag Thakur

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Days after 20 YouTube channels and two websites were blocked for spreading anti-India propaganda and fake news, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur warned on Wednesday that the government would continue to take such action against these “conspiracies” against the country.

“I had ordered to act against them… I am happy that many great countries around the world have taken notice. YouTube also came forward and took action to block them,” Thakur told reporters here while answering questions on the matter.

In a “closely coordinated” effort with intelligence agencies, the I&B ministry last December ordered the blocking of 20 YouTube channels and two websites for spreading anti-Indian propaganda and fake news.

“And also in the future, steps will be taken to block any conspiracy accounts against India, spreading lies and dividing society,” the minister said.

In a statement in December, the ministry said the 20 YouTube channels and websites belonged to “a coordinated disinformation network ‘operating from Pakistan and spreading fake news on various sensitive topics related to India’.

The channels have been used to post “divisive content in a coordinated fashion on topics such as Kashmir, Indian Army, minority communities in India, Ram Mandir, General Bipin Rawat, etc,” he said. .

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