YouTube terminates Sansad TV account, channel says ‘compromised by scammers’

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Sansad TV’s YouTube account, which broadcasts Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha debates live as well as recorded programs, was hacked early Tuesday morning by hackers. The name of the chain has also been changed to Ethereum, said a tweet shared by Prasar Bharti.

The tweet, which included a statement from Sansad TV, also claimed that the TV team “quickly worked on it” and “restored” the YouTube channel two hours later.

“Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In), the nodal agency responsible for responding to cyber security incidents in India, also reported the above incident and alerted Sansad TV. However, later YouTube started to fix security threats permanently and it must be restored as soon as possible,” Prasar Bharti’s tweet said.

A search for the TV channel’s account on YouTube up to 10 a.m., however, showed a message saying it had been “terminated” by the platform “for violating YouTube Community Guidelines”.

A letter sent to Google, owner of YouTube, has so far received no response.

Later, the YouTube account displayed a 404 error, with a message that read, “This page is unavailable. Sorry about that. Try to look for something else”.

According to YouTube, its Community Guidelines describe “what type of content is not allowed” on the platform and apply to all types of content, including videos, comments on videos, as well as links and thumbnails.

According to the platform, it enforces these guidelines equally for everyone by “using a combination of human and machine reviewers.
learning”.

“Our policies aim to make YouTube a safer community while giving creators the freedom to share a wide range of experiences and
perspectives,” the platform’s community guidelines note.

Spam and deceptive practices, sensitive content, false commitments, child safety, impersonation, nudity and sexual content, suicide and self-harm, and vulgar language, among others, are why YouTube is pausing a video or terminating the account.

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