10 Banned Indian YouTube Channels: Why Google-Owned Platform Bans Content

Over the past 12 months or so, the Indian government has cracked down Youtube channels broadcasting fake news or malicious content. While in the past the government targeted Pakistan-based channels, it recently banned ten indian youtube channels too. YouTube, on the other hand, has pretty detailed guidelines in place and if someone breaks them, there’s a good chance they’ll get banned. Here we explain what kind of content on YouTube can get you in trouble or get you banned:
YouTube divides its community guidelines into the following categories

Spam and deceptive practices

This is further subdivided into anti-spam, misleading and fraudulent policies; imitation; External links; false engagement; and additional policies. YouTube does not allow spam, scams, or other deceptive practices that take advantage of the YouTube community. It also doesn’t allow content whose primary purpose is to trick others into leaving YouTube for another site.


Examples of spam videos:

Overly posted, repetitive, or unfocused content can be a problem. Content offering cash giveaways, “get-rich-quick” schemes, or pyramid schemes (sending money without a tangible product in a pyramid structure) is another prohibited area. If content promises viewers they’ll see something, but instead directs them off the site. Or get YouTube clicks, views, or traffic by promising viewers they’ll make a quick buck. In addition, if any content sends audiences to sites that distribute harmful software, try to collect personal information or other sites that have a negative impact, it will cause problems.


Sensitive content

Explicit content purporting to be sexually gratifying is not allowed on YouTube. Posting porn may result in content being removed or the channel being terminated. Videos containing fetish content will be removed or age restricted. In most cases, violent, explicit or humiliating fetishes are not allowed on YouTube.


Some examples:

  • Celebrity wardrobe crashes or nude photo leaks
  • Nudity or partial nudity for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Using or displaying sex toys to provide viewers with sexual gratification Content that promotes or glorifies suicide or self-harm
  • Instructions on how to die by suicide or self-harm
  • Content related to suicide or self-harm targeting minors

Violent or dangerous content

YouTube does not allow content that encourages dangerous or illegal activities that could cause serious injury or death.
Some examples of what is not allowed

  • Extremely Dangerous Challenges: Challenges that present an imminent risk of physical injury.
  • Dangerous or threatening pranks: Pranks that cause victims to fear imminent serious physical danger or create serious emotional distress in minors.
  • Instructions to Kill or Injure: Show viewers how to perform activities intended to kill or injure others. For example, giving instructions for making a bomb to injure or kill other people.
  • Using or creating hard drugs: Content describing abuse or giving instructions on how to create hard drugs such as cocaine or opioids. Hard drugs are defined as drugs that can (mainly) lead to physical dependence.
  • Eating Disorders: Content that praises, glorifies, or encourages viewers to emulate anorexia or other eating disorders. Eating disorders are characterized by abnormal or disrupted eating habits that negatively affect a person’s health (including the consumption of non-food items).

Sale of illegal or regulated goods

Content intended to sell certain regulated goods and services is not permitted on YouTube. Do not post content to YouTube if it is intended to directly sell, link, or facilitate access to any of the regulated goods and services. Making the sale of these items possible or facilitating the use of these services by posting a link, email, phone number or any other means of contacting a seller directly is not permitted.
Some examples of illegal goods and services

  • Link to an online gambling or sports betting site that is not approved.
  • Sell ​​counterfeit passports or provide instructions on creating false official documents.
  • Advertising of escort services, prostitution or erotic massage.
  • Content explaining how to buy drugs on the dark web.
  • A video of a user making a purchase with software that generates fake credit card numbers.
  • Including a link to an online pharmacy that does not require prescriptions.

Disinformation or fake news

Certain types of misleading or deceptive content that pose a serious risk of egregious harm are not permitted on YouTube. This includes certain types of misinformation that can cause harm in the real world, such as promoting harmful cures or treatments, certain types of technically manipulated content, or content that interferes with democratic processes. YouTube does not allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of serious harm. YouTube does not allow content that disseminates medical misinformation that contradicts local health authority (LHA) or World Health Organization (WHO) medical information on COVID-19.
Some examples of misinformation

  • Promoting Harmful Cures or Remedies: Content that claims that harmful substances or treatments may have beneficial health effects.
  • Content promoting prevention methods contrary to local health authorities or the WHO.
  • Affirms that there is a guaranteed prevention method for COVID-19
    • Affirms that any drug or vaccine is a guaranteed method of prevention for COVID-19
  • Claims that wearing a mask is dangerous or has negative effects on physical health
  • Claims that masks play no role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19
  • Claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or WHO
    • Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will cause death, infertility, miscarriage, autism, or other infectious diseases

What happens if you post videos containing any of the above content?

If your content violates this policy, YouTube will remove the content and send you an email notifying you. If this is the first time you’ve broken the Community Guidelines, you’ll likely receive a warning with no penalty to your channel. If not, we may issue a warning against your channel. If you receive 3 warnings within 90 days, your channel will be terminated.

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