Government Denies Ban On VLC Media Player In India


VLC Media Player, a popular video and audio playback tool for PC and mobile users worldwide, was silently banned in India. As per VideoLan, the developer of the media playback application, the platform had been banned in the country as of February 2022. However, the application was working fine for users who had already downloaded it prior to the ban.

Government Denies Ban On VLC Media Player In India

Previously, VideoLan confirmed that it has not received the exact reasons as to why VLC Media Player was blocked in India. Now, the company has tried to approach the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to learn the reason for the ban on their app and website. However, its efforts haven't been fruitful as of this writing.

Government Denies Banning VLC

A report by The Economic Times cites Felix Paul Kühne, a VideoLan board member, stating that the organization first noticed the India-wide ban on the VLC Media Player app and website in February this year. The discovery was prompted by an internal investigation following a drop in website impressions to the tune of 15 percent. He added that the company did not receive any official communication from the Indian government.

Although Indian tech policy advocacy groups allege that the ban was imposed by the IT ministry, government officials deny banning VLC Media Player. Advocacy groups, such as Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu and Internet Freedom Foundation, have demanded the ministry to lift the alleged ban.

In another ET report, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the president and lead developer at VideoLan, sought to alleviate concerns about the banned VLC Media Player being unsafe. He added that VLC is safe, while explaining that the Chinese hacking concerns were a result of a security report being misinterpreted. Kempf clarified that "VLC is not controlled by the Chinese nor it is unsafe."

Government Denies Ban On VLC Media Player In India

Ban On VLC In India

Last week, a series of tweets from VideoLan stated that it has been banned in India and sought help from the citizens of the country to revoke the ban. On its Twitter handle, the media player claimed that it has been banned in India without any specific reason. This ban on VLC follows that on over 200 Chinese apps since 2020, including PUBG, TikTok, UC Browser, and many others. Recently, the Indian government removed the most popular battle royale game, BGMI from the app stores in the country.

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