New Delhi: The Union government has banned 94 YouTube channels for spreading fake news in 2021-22, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said today (Thursday).
Along with this, 19 social media accounts and 747 URLs have been banned. Responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Anurag Thakur explained that the move has been taken under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
He said that the central government is taking strict action against the companies that spread false news and propaganda on the internet against the sovereignty of the country. Thakur said the fact-checking unit of the Press Information Bureau was formed on March 31, 2020 to check fake news related to Covid-19.
The unit processed a total of 34,125 queries, including queries related to Covid-19. He said PIB has also taken action against fake news and 875 posts on its social media platforms.
While speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Anurag Thakur lashed out at the protest being conducted by the opposition parties in Parliament. He said the opposition parties should have raised the issue in the GST Council instead of Parliament.
Non-BJP-ruled state governments attend GST Council meetings. They did not raise their issues regarding GST there. But they come here to protest and show placards.
He also criticized some opposition leaders for spreading confusion among the public regarding the corona vaccine and Agnipat scheme. However, he said, 200 crore doses of corona vaccine have been used in the country.
He alleged that some elected members and former people’s representatives were involved in creating confusion among the public about GST on essential commodities, Corona vaccine and Agnibat scheme for recruitment in armed forces.
He requested the opposition parties not to engage in fake campaigns. At the same time, he urged the media not to listen to such activities.