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IT ministry asks YouTube to remove videos of Abhi

February 28, 2019 17:05 IST

IMAGE: Members of the Nationalist Congress Party pray for the safe return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, in Thane, before his release was announced by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday. Photograph: PTI Photo

The Information Technology ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.

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


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.

Pakistan held Wing Commander Varthaman on 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.

Prime Minster Imran Khan told a joint session of Parliament on Thursday that Wing Commander Varthaman will be released on Friday as a gesture of peace.

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