Govt not trying to control individually-run YouTube channels: Secretary Dr Aryal

Published On: March 16, 2022 05:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 16: Secretary at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology  Dr Baikuntha Aryal has said that the government is not trying to control YouTube channels run by individuals. 

Addressing a program organized on the occasion of World Consumer Rights Day on Tuesday, Aryal said that the government is not trying to control Google and its free services like YouTube channel if it is registered under the name of one individual. He clarified that the government is taking initiatives to regulate YouTubers who claim themselves as media houses.

Secretary Aryal said that while freedom of expression and freedom of speech is left open, freedom is being sought to invade others’ privacy. 

He said that efforts are being made to regulate some youtube channels under the law as many have been making videos to spread rumors under the name of online TV. He also admitted that the government lacks digital technology as per the times. 

Secretary Aryal said that the government has not been able to work effectively despite continuous efforts to develop digitization in the country.

Secretary Aryal also stressed the need to improve digital technology in both the government and the private sector. He mentioned that there is no time-related act to make digital technology easy for consumers.

He also announced that the government is preparing to introduce the Communications Act of 1997 in parliament by making it completely new.

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