YouTube has temporarily shut down its platform’s official Sansad TV government account to fix security threats. The Sansad TV account was originally terminated by YouTube for “violating” its Community Guidelines. The video-sharing service, however, later removed the account completely and started showing a 404 error, which is a standardized HTTP status code for unavailable web pages. Sansad TV revealed that the dismissal followed a security incident that occurred earlier on Tuesday. The Sansad TV account was used for live streaming of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha debates. It also featured videos of the Prime Minister addressing the public and the media.
Initially on Tuesday, the Sansad TV account was terminated for “violating YouTube Community Guidelines.” Videos uploaded by the account have been restricted due to termination.
However, YouTube later took down the account and made it unavailable. It started showing ‘404 Not Found’ error on the site.
Sansad TV published a statement to announce that his YouTube account has been compromised due to unauthorized activities by “some crooks” and that the account name has been changed to “Ethereum”. The incident happened at 1 a.m. Tuesday. It was restored at 3:45 a.m. by Sansad TV’s social media team, the broadcaster said.
The issue was reported by Computer Emergency Response Team India (CERT-In).
“YouTube has started fixing security threats permanently and it should be restored as soon as possible,” the channel said in the statement.
Sansad TV on YouTube is a verified account. It was originally called Rajya Sabha TV but was renamed Sansad TV last year – after the government merged Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels into Sansad TV.
According to details available through an archived version of the account, Sansad TV on YouTube had over 6.32 million subscribers as of January 31. The account broadcast live streams of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha debates along with dedicated playlists for different sessions. The account also featured videos of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Lok Sabha President, as well as a section to provide news and current affairs.
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