Government has banned these Pakistan-based website and apps

Utilising the emergency powers under the IT Rules 2021, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has issued directions for blocking of the website, two mobile applications, four social media accounts, and one smart TV app of Pakistan-based OTT Platform Vidly TV. The OTT Platform had recently released a web-series titled “Sevak: The Confessions”, which was found to be detrimental to national security, sovereignty and integrity of India. It impedes defence of India, security of the State, India’s friendly relations with foreign states, and public order in the country. Three episodes of the web-series have been released till date.
It is suspected that the web series is sponsored by the Pakistani information operations apparatus. First episode of the series was released on November 26, the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks (26/11/2008).
Anti-India content
The opening credits of the web-series show the Ashok Chakra of the Indian flag on fire. It has distorted versions of sensitive historical events pertaining to India. The web-series portrayed an anti-India narrative on sensitive historical events and subjects of national importance, e.g. Operation Blue Star and its aftermath, demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, killing of a Christian missionary named Graham Staines, Malegaon blasts, Samjhauta Express blasts, inter-state river water dispute related to Sutlej Yamuna Link canal, etc.
The web series is said to contain several dialogues such as passing of wounds by the Sikh people to their next generations in the context of Operation Blue Star; Indian State being against the interests of the Muslim community; and all Indian political parties being hand-in-glove in the demolition of Babri Masjid, etc. In one instance, a visual portrays an Indian television news channel showing “Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are India’s internal threat, says Home Minister”.
What is Vidly TV
“Vidly is an emerging OTT player providing Movies and TV content Globally. The service is available to users across all mobile and connected devices with streaming capabilities. Subscribers enjoy ad-free viewing at price points that are specifically designed to suit their payment and consumption profiles,” is how the channel describes itself on its website.
Vidly app is available on both Android and Apple App Store.

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