Last month, the Fact Check Unit of PIB had exposed three channels peddling fake news. The government had then asked YouTube asking the social media platform to take them down.
The six channels were working in a coordinated manner and spreading fake news about elections, Supreme Court and Parliament proceedings, and the functioning of the government, a statement said. The channels are — Nation TV with over 5.57 lakh subscribers, Samvaad TV with 10.9 lakh subscribers, Sarokar Bharat (21,100), Nation24 (25,400), Swarnim Bharat (6,070) and Samvaad Samachar (3.48 lakh).
“The channels are part of a fake news economy that thrives on monetisation of fake news,” it said.