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The Ban On VLC Media Player Is Finally Lifted: Know More Here

- Updated: 15th Nov 2022, 16:14 IST
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    VLC Media Player is Now Available For Download

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has lifted the VideoLAN website’s ban, allowing users to download the popular media-streaming application VLC Media Player. This comes nearly nine months after MeitY initially announce that the website will block.

After months of blocking VLC Player in India, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has uplift the ban on the website, allowing Indian consumers to download the multimedia player.

The prohibition went into force in February of this year, but neither the Indian government nor the VideoLAN Project publicly revealed any details about it. Furthermore, it has eventually brought to the attention of the IFF of India. They have assisted VLC with legal support for this problem.

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MeitY informed VideoLAN of the prohibition in a letter dated October. Moreover, the primary reason for blocking the website was communicating with servers of a previously prohibited software, Onmyoji Arena. Onmyoji was prohibited in India for allegedly transferring user data to a “hostile country.”

It went on to say that the ministry bases its conclusions on “open source threat intelligence assessments.” The government claims that the hacker organisation “Cicada,” which is supported by China, utilised VLC Media Player to conduct its cyberattacks.

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VLC Media Player is Now Available For Download

According to IE, VideoLAN issued MeitY a thorough reply to the letter. The website received help with this from the Internet Freedom Foundation. The reply clarifies the problems.

VLC Media Player

Additionally, VideoLAN denied charges of sending data to a “hostile country.” It was further said that the government will not supply any information on the claims that Chinese hackers had used the program.

In a statement made after the ban was removed, VideoLAN noted that almost 80 million people in India use VLC Media Player and that “by blocking the main channel for genuine downloads and upgrades, the restriction left us much less safe online than we were before.”

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Highlights of the Story

  • VLC Player download was banned earlier this year in India.
  • The website of VLC Player, temporarily banned by the Indian government, is now available.
  • The Government of India will likely release a statement on the software unban.