Multiple internet service providers (ISPs) in India have blocked access to VideoLAN’s website, which runs the popular open source software VLC media player.
Meanwhile, the VideoLAN website remains accessible through proxy websites, and the software continues to function on previously installed devices. The multimedia player can also be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. In response to the news, VideoLAN’s official Twitter account tweeted, “If you are in India, please help us.” In response to another tweet, the platform stated that it has been prohibited in India since February 13. According to numerous media reports, the ban on VLC was imposed around the same time that authorities banned 54 Chinese apps, including Garena Free Fire, in February of this year.