VideoLAN, Creators of VLC Media Player, have informed that the player was banned in India earlier this year. To be specific, the VLC Media Player was banned in our nation on February 13. The official website of VLC and its download links have all been inactive since then. Although the users, which are having the VLC Player already installed, will be able to access it. As per the company, it has no clue why its platform got banned by the Government.
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The ban that was unnoticed for a long time was confirmed officially by VideoLAN. The company has no clue about the official reason behind the ban but as per a few reports and sources, VLC Media Player was being utilised by a China-backed hacking batch Cicada for executing cyber attacks.
“The website has been blocked as per the order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology under IT Act, 2000”, this message reads on the official website of VLC Media Player. This act in India is about cybercrime and electronic commerce.
The President of the company said, “we got banned for a few months, and we don’t know why. (According to my stats, it has been since 13 February 2022). We’ve asked the Indian government and we got no answer. We probably did not ask the right place though. I wish I knew how to ask properly.” Then further added, “The weirdest is that some ISPs are blocking it and some are not. So why is that the case? Are some ISPs not listening to the government? VLC and VideoLAN are quite apolitical (we only fight against DRM and for open source) and VLC is a pure tool that can read anything.”
For now, the official website and all the download links are inactive and can’t be used to download VLC Media Player anymore. But the users who have already installed VLC Player on their devices can still use it. On the other hand, the developers of the player have said that their software does not collect any user information in any circumstances.
“VLC works perfectly without our servers: we don’t collect info, we don’t require user accounts, we don’t spy on people (telemetry). So once you have VLC, you don’t need our servers for it to work”, VideoLAN said in a response to a Twitter user.
Meanwhile, the Government had also not reflected light upon the matter and has not revealed the official reason behind the ban. VLC is seeking the help of Twitter to know the reasons however they can.