The IT Ministry has asked the video streaming platform YouTube to remove all the 11 video links of IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman who went missing on Wednesday amid the the cross border airstrikes between the two nations.
As per the reports, the ministry had asked YouTube to remove the clips following the 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.
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.
This came after Pakistan on Wednesday claimed it shot down two Indian fighter jets over Pakistani air space and arrested an Indian Air Force pilot.
The tensions between the two nations escalated on Tuessday when Indian Air Force carried out airstrike across LoC, bombing several terror camps in wake of Pulwama attack in Jammu Kashir on February 14.
In retaliation, Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday February 27, violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors. While Indian officials said that a Pakistani Air Force F-16 fighter jet was shot down in Jammu, Pakistan claimed to have shot down two IAF aircraft.