94 YouTube channels, 747 URLs blocked in FY21 for spreading fake news: Govt

Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on Thursday that the government blocked 94 YouTube channels, 19 social media accounts and 747 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) in 2021-22 for spreading fake news.

Responding to a question at Rajya Sabha, Thakur said the measures were taken under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2000.

The minister said the government has taken strong action against agencies working against the country’s sovereignty by spreading fake news and spreading propaganda on the internet.

Thakur said that in order to control the spread of fake news related to COVID-19, a dedicated cell of the fact-checking unit of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) was established on March 31, 2020, at which people can send back Covid-related information for verification.

The unit responded to 34,125 actionable queries, including queries related to COVID-19, Thakur said, adding that GDP also removed fake news and 875 posts on its social media platforms.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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