The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting under the central government has banned 18 OTT platforms for allegedly posting ‘obscene and vulgar’, and even pornographic content despite repeated warnings.

The platforms in question have been banned for theirĀ prima facie violation of 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 & Broadcasting explained their decision by emphasizing how, “A significant portion of the content hosted on these platforms was found to be obscene, vulgar and portrayed women in a demeaning manner. It depicted nudity and sexual acts in various inappropriate contexts, such as relationships between teachers and students, incestuous family relationships, etc.”

Here is a full list of the 18 banned OTT platforms:

  • 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

The union government emphasized the scale of these OTT apps by underscoring how one of them had amassedĀ 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 platforms had a cumulative followership of over 32 lakh users.

Additionally, 19 websites, 10 apps and 57 social media accounts associated with these OTT platforms have also been blocked for public access in India.