Indian IT Ministry asks YouTube to remove video links of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

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Indian IT Ministry asks YouTube to remove video links of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

Pakistan held Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Wednesday after fighter jets of both the nations engaged in an air battle.

February 28, 2019 —

In a welcome move, the IT Ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.

The ministry had asked YouTube to remove the clips following a directive from the Home Ministry, a government source said, adding that the said links have now been removed.

Google Spokesperson Said The Company Will Act Quickly To Remove Such Material

When contacted, a Google (which runs YouTube) spokesperson said the company complies with “valid legal requests from authorities wherever possible, consistent with our longstanding policy and act quickly to remove such material”.

“Data on government requests to remove content from Google services is regularly updated in our transparency report,” the spokesperson added.

Tension Escalated When the Pakistan Air Force Captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan And Shared Vulgar Videos Online

Pakistan held Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Wednesday after fighter jets of both the nations engaged in an air battle following an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations in retaliatory strikes.

Videos of the captured Indian Air Force pilot were being released on the internet and netizens shared these videos across social media platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook. Hashtags like #BringbackAbhinandan, #SayNoToWar, #MiG21, #F16 and #PakFakeClaim were trending as netizens from both the sides of border turned to social media to express their views.