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VLC media player is banned in India: Here’s why

VLC Media Player

The VLC media player, created by the VideoLAN project and one of the most widely used media players and streaming media servers, is banned in India.

Here’s an alternative media player, “Potplayer.” Check out our review that you can download to your PCs or laptops as an alternative to the VLC media player.

According to a report by MediaNama, VLC Media Player has been banned in India, but this decision was made about two months ago. But if you have the software installed on your device, it ought to still be functional. Between then and now, neither the company nor the Indian government said anything about the ban.

About VLC Media Player Ban

The ban started on February 13, according to a response from VLC Media Player to India Today Tech. According to some reports, VLC Media Player has been banned in the country because Cicada, a hacking group supported by China, utilised the platform to conduct cyberattacks. Only recently did security experts find out that Cicada was using VLC Media Player to spread a malicious malware loader as part of a long-running cyberattack.

As a soft ban, neither the corporation nor the Indian government announced the prohibition. Some Twitter users are still learning the platform’s rules. The Twitter user Gagandeep Sapra tweeted a snapshot of the VLC website showing “the website has been banned as per the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under the IT Act, 2000.”

The country bans VLC Media Player’s website and download link. This implies nobody in the country can use the site for work. This appears to be true for software-installed users as well. VLC Media Player is blocked on all major ISPs, including ACTFibernet, Jio, and Vodafone-idea.

In 2020, India banned PUBG Mobile, TikTok, Camscanner, and many Chinese apps. The PUBG Mobile Indian version, BGMI, has also been banned in India and withdrawn from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The authorities blocked these apps because they sent user data to China. VLC isn’t supported by a Chinese firm. Paris-based VideoLAN made it.


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