YouTube has removed 11 links of Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by the Pakistani forces when his MiG plane got shot down in Azad Kashmir, according to Indian media.
YouTube has taken this action upon the request of the Indian IT Ministry. According to an Indian media report, a ministry official divulged that the ministry had asked the Google-owned video-streaming platform to remove the video links, terming them ‘objectionable’.
The media report cited a Google spokesperson as saying, “We comply with valid legal requests from authorities wherever possible, consistent with our long-standing policy and act quickly to remove such material.”
The spokesperson further added that Google mentions the removal of data requests by the authorities in its transparency report.
It needs to be noted here that the captured pilot is due to be released today. He will be sent home via Wagha border. Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his release as a peace gesture. After his release, hope is prevailing that the situation amongst the two neighbors will deescalate.