July 22, 2022
NEW DELHI – The Union government has claimed to have “cracked down” on websites and YouTube channels spreading “false propaganda” against India. The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, briefed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday while answering a question. Thakur said the government dealt harshly with forces harmful to national interests by destroying 747 websites, 94 YouTube channels that engaged in propaganda against the country. He told how the Modi government is acting against all anti-national entities and his ministry is cracking down on those cyber resources.
“In 2021-22, the ministry cracked down on YouTube channels working against the country’s interest,” he said. Responding to a question from the Upper House, Thakur informed the House that the ministry took action against 94 YouTube channels, 19 social media accounts and 747 URLs and blocked them. These actions, he said, were taken under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2000.
The minister further said that the government has acted firmly against agencies spreading fake news as part of internet propaganda, and thus working against the country’s sovereignty.
Speaking in the House amid strong protests from opposition parties, he blamed the protesting members for not attending the meeting organized by the TPS council. He said they were protesting without any knowledge.
He also pointed out that while his ministry dealt heavily with “anti-India” forces on the internet, those protesting in the House had not uttered a single word against forces harmful to the interests of the country.้า