New Delhi: The Government of India has decided to lift the ban on VLC media player after being banned in the country for almost nine months. The Indian government had banned the free and popular VLC media in India. The Internet Freedom Foundation took to Twitter to inform about the Indian government’s decision to lift the ban on VLC media player’s website. VideoLAN confirmed the news on their official Twitter handle and said that great work by the Internet Freedom Foundation.
victory @GoI_MeitY It has been decided to lift the ban on the website of VLC media player. IFF provided legal assistance @videolan during this process. (1/3)#whattheblock pic.twitter.com/pW7APDAbIX– Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) November 14, 2022
The Internet Freedom Foundation provided legal assistance to VideoLAN to lift the ban in India.
if you can’t sign in https://t.co/ssjacu9U2jWrite to us with your ISP details. (2/3)
– Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) November 14, 2022
Why Indian government banned VLC in India?
The Government of India has not clarified the reason for this ban. However, some reports suggest that the government had banned the app as it was being used by China-backed hacking group ‘Cicada’ for cyber attacks in India.
However, the VLC media player developer, VideoLAN, denied the reports at the time, stating that the Cicada hackers had used a modified version of VLC media player for this purpose, and not the official Microsoft, Google, and Apple versions. Available at stores.