Youtube Channels spreading fake news busted by Centre

TLJ Web Desk: The Central Government has cracked down on six youtube channels for allegedly spreading fake news. These channels are part of the fake news manufacturing factory that works cooperatively, said an official statement.

The Fact Check Unit of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said these six channels were working in a coordinated manner and spreading false information and their videos had over 51 crore views.

The channels were found peddling misinformation on Supreme Court proceedings, elections, parliament sessions, and the functioning of the government as per the official statement. “The channels are part of a fake news economy that thrives on the monetization of fake news,” the statement said.

It said that the channels use deceptive, clickbait, and sensational thumbnails and images of television news anchors of TV channels to mislead the viewers to believe that the news was authentic and drive traffic to their channels to earn money from the videos published by them.

This is the second such action by the PIB Fact check unit.

Last month, the unit exposed three channels peddling fake news and wrote to YouTube to take them down.