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The central government has banned 18 OTT applications for broadcasting ‘vulgar and filthy’ content. Check the complete list here.

Despite many warnings, the central government has banned several OTT platforms, websites, and apps from uploading lewd and indecent information.

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The central government’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has blacklisted 18 OTT services, including Uncut Adda, Dreams Films, and Prime Play, for carrying ‘obscene and vulgar’ and even pornographic content, despite repeated warnings. Notably, 19 websites, 10 applications, and 57 social media accounts linked to these OTT platforms have been prohibited from public access in India.

OTT sites have been prohibited for allegedly violating Sections 67 and 67A of the Information Technology Act, Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Section 4 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting stated, in explaining the reason for the ban on OTT platforms, that “a significant portion of the content hosted on these platforms was found to be obscene, vulgar, and portrayed women in a demeaning manner.” It featured nudity and sexual behaviors in a variety of unsuitable situations, including teacher-student interactions and incestuous family relationships.

“The content included sexual innuendos and, in some instances, prolonged segments of pornographic and sexually explicit scenes devoid of any thematic or societal relevance..” The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said.

Concerning the extent of these OTT apps, the union government stated that one of them had over 1 crore downloads, while the other two had over 50 lakh downloads on the Google Play Store. Meanwhile, the social media handles of these OTT services have a total of over 32 lakh followers.

18 OTT apps banned by the Union Government: 

  • Dreams Films
  • Voovi
  • Yessma
  • Uncut Adda
  • Tri Flicks
  • X Prime
  • Neon X VIP
  • Besharams
  • Hunters
  • Rabbit
  • Xtramood
  • Nuefliks
  • MoodX
  • Mojflix
  • Hot Shots VIP
  • Fugi
  • Chikooflix
  • Prime Play

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