India, Aug. 22 -- Since February last year, the government has blocked access to 102 YouTube channels, many websites, and social media accounts. From rumors of "nuclear explosion" in the country to North Korea sending troops to Ayodhya, the 102 YouTube channels that the government banned were known to spread false information about India to their millions of subscribers regularly and "make money off of fake news," according to officials.

The government started cracking down on these YouTube channels in December last year under the Information Technology Act, 2021.

Officials say that the government has blocked access to 102 YouTube channels, many websites, and social media accounts that used the templates and logos of popular TV channels...