VLC Media Player banned, website and download link blocked in India

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The popular VLC Media Player app is reportedly said to be banned in India. While the VLC media player app is still available for download on both the Apple App store and Google Play store, the government has blocked access to the official VLC media player website “www.videolan.org”, reported News 18.

Having said that, you can still download the media player on Windows devices. Also, if you already have the VLC media player installed on your smartphones or laptops, then you can access it as it is still working fine.

As per the report, there’s no official information from the government yet as to why access to the VLC website is restricted in India. While all major ISPs like Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone-idea and others are not allowing users in India to access the VLC website, you can still open the website on your phone or laptop using any VPN service.

According to a report by MediaNama, the VLC Media Player was apparently banned around five months ago without any notice either from the government or the VideoLan organisation. As the VLC apps continued to work as usual in India and only access to the website was restricted, the subtle ‘ban’ went unnoticed, reads the report.

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