YouTube New Guideline: Government Directs YouTube to Display Disclaimer on Fake News Channels Spreading
Ahead of the upcoming state and national elections, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has taken steps to curb online “false information” by sending notices to various digital platforms.
The government has issued directives for the video streaming platform YouTube. These directives, issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), call for taking legal action against fake news channels on the platform and adding disclaimers to these channels. It’s worth noting that the government recently issued warnings to social media platforms to remove content related to child sexual exploitation in India.
The government has given directions to several digital platforms. To combat “false information” online before the upcoming state and national elections, MeitY has sent notices to multiple digital platforms. According to ANI, the government also advised displaying a disclaimer on these channels to combat the risk of fake news.
Officials have proposed labelling “unverified news” on fake news channels. These directives come at a time when there is already heated debate over the government’s plan to potentially appoint a fact-checking unit.
The government has asked social media firms with over 5 million users to present a plan within the next 10 days to prevent fake news and illegal content. It’s important to note that this update comes shortly after the ministry sent a notice to YouTube to remove child sexual exploitation content (CSAM) or face severe penalties.
In response to the update, the company stated that it follows a “zero tolerance policy” for child sexual exploitation content and related content. The company’s spokesperson emphasized that any content that could endanger minors is unacceptable on the platform.