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IT Ministry Asks YouTube To Take Down Videos Of IAF Pilot Abhinandan

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The Information & Technology (IT) ministry has asked YouTube to take down 11 video links related to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman whom Pakistan had captured during an air strike battle on Wednesday. 

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 Abhinandan 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.

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