The Indian army orders its officers and soldiers to delete 89 apps which include the Tiktok, Facebook, Truecaller, Instagram, PUBG, Tinder etc.
According to the reports, the Indian army has asked its officers and soldiers to delete these apps because there has been an exponential increase in the number of military personnel being targeted online by intelligence agencies of Pakistan and China.
News agency ANI tweets a photograph of a page titled ‘Social Media Apps: Banned for Usage’.
Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones including Facebook, TikTok, Truecaller and Instagram to plug leakage of information: Indian Army Sources pic.twitter.com/l23Lu5ndNh
— ANI (@ANI) July 8, 2020
One week before, the Indian government bans the 59 Chinese apps but this list of 89 apps is even larger and isn’t restricted to the Chinese apps only. The ban on these apps is clearly related to the tensions that are taking place between India and China in Ladakh.
The Indian army has directed all its officers and soldiers to delete all these apps from their mobile phones by July 15 and they clearly said that those who do not follow the orders will face the strict action. But before July 15 they allowed its personnel to use the Facebook with certain restrictions like not posting any pictures in army uniform and not disclosing the location of the unit.
The list of 89 apps is divided into different categories like messaging, content sharing, video hosting, web browser, utility apps, news apps, dating apps, video and live streaming, dating apps, blogging apps, e-commerce apps, lifestyle apps, gaming apps and music apps.
The main concern of banning these apps by the Indian army is the collection of user data and unauthorized sending of the data to locations outside India.
Earlier this year, the army gave a warning to its officers to not use Facebook and Whatsapp and asked them to not carry the smartphones into bases and dockyards. So, this is not the first time that Indian army imposed a ban on social apps.