Fact Check Unit of PIB has exposed three YouTube channels spreading fake news. These include Aaj Tak live, government updates, news headlines mainly. According to the bureau, these YouTube channels had nearly 33 lakh subscribers and their videos, almost all of which were found to be false, had over 30 crore views.
New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India has tightened the reins on 3 more YouTube channels spreading fake news. The Government of India has called these 3 YouTube channels fake and banned them for giving wrong information.
PIB’s Fact Check Unit has exposed three YouTube channels spreading fake news. These include Aaj Tak live, government updates, news headlines mainly. These YouTube channels were propagating fake videos of Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of India and Prime Minister of India with millions of views. PIB Fact Check Unit has busted these fake videos and banned these YouTube channels.
YouTube channel “आज तक LIVE” is another den of #FakeNews. With over 65,000 subscribers, the YouTube channel spreads false claims about the death of various persons and misinformation about Government decisions. Here’s a thread by @PIBFactCheck busting some of its claims🔽 pic.twitter.com/91fyeToq5h
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) December 20, 2022
These channels spreading misinformation on Election Commission of India, Electronic Voting Machines fact-checked by PIB. These YouTube channels had around 33 lakh subscribers. At the same time, the video has been viewed more than 300 million times on these channels. The YouTube channel ‘News Headlines’ has close to one million subscribers. PIB fact check unit has busted it for fake news and banned it.
As per the statement released by PIB, the YouTube channels were observed to be using fake and sensational thumbnails with logos of TV channels and images of their news anchors to mislead the viewers to believe that the news was authentic. These channels were also found to be displaying advertisements on their videos, and monetising misinformation on YouTube.
More than one hundred YouTube channels have been blocked by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting over the past one year as part of its crackdown on misinformation, according to PIB.