New Delhi: The central government on Tuesday exposed three YouTube channels for spreading false information and misleading the viewers using fake and sensational thumbnails in India.
The Fact Check Unit of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) found that these three Youtube channels – News Headlines, Sarkari Update and Aaj Tak Live – were spreading false information in India.
“These YouTube channels spread false and sensational claims about the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Government schemes, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), farm loan waivers, etc. among other fake news,” the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said in a statement.
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
“Examples include fake news such as the Supreme Court to have ruled that future elections would be conducted by ballot papers; Government giving money to people who have bank accounts, Aadhar Cards and PAN cards; ban on EVMs, etc,” the statement added.
They were 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 monetizing misinformation on YouTube,” said the statement.
The three YouTube channels collectively have nearly 33 lakh subscribers and their videos have been watched over 30 crore times.
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