Hackers took control of the YouTube account of Sansad TV that broadcasts live proceedings of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, as well as recorded programmes, early this morning. The name of the channel was changed to Ethereum, a tweet shared by Prasar Bharti said. A search of the TV channel’s account on YouTube at 10 AM displayed a message that it had been “terminated” by the platform “for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines”.
However, Sansad TV said on Twitter that its IT team “promptly worked on it” and got the YouTube channel “restored” two hours later.
“Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In), the nodal agency for responding to cyber security incidents in India, has also reported the above incident and alerted Sansad TV. However, later on, YouTube has started fixing the security threats permanently and it shall be restored ASAP,” the tweet by Prasar Bharti said.
Google, the owner of video platform YouTube, has not replied to queries by the news media so far.
Later, the YouTube account showed a 404 error, with a message that read: “This page isn’t available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else”.
According to YouTube, its community guidelines outline “what type of content isn’t allowed” on the platform, and apply to all kinds of content including videos, comments on the videos, as well as links and thumbnails.
The platform claims to enforce these guidelines equally for everyone by “using a combination of human reviewers and machine
“Our policies aim to make YouTube a safer community while still giving creators the freedom to share a broad range of experiences and perspectives,” the platform’s community guidelines say.
Spam and deceptive practices, sensitive content, fake engagement, child safety, impersonation, nudity and sexual content, suicide and self-injury, and vulgar language among others are the reasons for which YouTube suspends the playback of a video or terminates the account.