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73 handles, four YouTube channels blocked by the IT ministry

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Informatics suspended 73 Twitter accounts, four YouTube channels and one Instagram game for incentive content, mostly centered on a fake video of an alleged Cabinet meeting.
The grips are believed to emanate from Pakistan, sources said, adding that the measures were initiated after Twitter users complained to junior IT minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
The first information about the incitement video was shared on Chandrasekhar’s Twitter account where a Twiiter user asked him to “take action against the creators of a very violent video featuring the PM.”
Deputy Minister of Electronics and Computing Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the “fake and violent” video had been in the public domain since December 2020. Responding to the request, the minister said “At work”, and added that the Department of Informatics is responsible for keeping the Internet safe and trustworthy, and intermediaries (social media companies) responsible for content and due diligence “very seriously”.
Later, Chandrasekhar said the Safe and Trusted Internet Task Force worked on the issue. “Handles who tried to deliver bogus / incentive content on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram have been blocked. In addition, he said the owners of the accounts were identified for actions according to the law. The minister also said that the ministry will review the performance of the platforms based on their due diligence.