The government blocks several descriptors of social networks circulating fake content inciting content

The government has blocked several social networks that circulate “bogus and inciting” content on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, Minister of State for Informatics Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Saturday.

The owners of these accounts are being identified for action under the law, he added.

Amid the massive crackdown on hate messages, sources said the offensive content used involved a fake video of a cabinet briefing, a fake animated video showing violence against the prime minister and derogatory messages targeting Hindu women uploaded on social networks.

“Safe and Reliable Internet Working Group at @GoI_MeitY at work. Handles that attempted to broadcast fake / inciting content on twitter, youtube, fb, insta were blocked, ”Chandrasekhar tweeted on Saturday.

The minister said the owners of these accounts were being identified for actions under the law, and said the platforms would be reviewed based on their due diligence.

On Friday evening, the minister responded to a tweet urging him to take action against the “creators of a very violent video featuring the Prime Minister”, which “has been in the public domain since December 2020”.

The minister responded by saying: “Get to work. @GoI_MeitY takes its responsibility to keep Internet Safe and Trusted and Intermediaries responsible for content and due diligence very seriously ”.

Sources said the government identified 73 Twitter IDs, 4 YouTube content items and 1 Instagram game.

As a result, 73 Twitter accounts were suspended, 4 YouTube contents and the particular Instagram game were deleted.

Delhi police had recorded a case after discovering a transformed video of a cabinet committee meeting in which some people attempted to show the meeting was against the Sikh community, officials said on Friday.

The Center last year introduced tough rules for social media platforms to make them more accountable to end users in one of the world’s largest internet markets.

The rules require social media companies to remove contentious content more quickly, appoint grievance officers and participate in investigations.

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