Army Personnel Asked to Delete 89 Mobile Apps Including Facebook, Instagram and Tinder
GUWAHATI: After the ban of 59 China made apps, the Indian Army personnel are reportedly now being asked to delete 89 mobile applications that supposedly pose a threat to national security and allow ‘leakage of sensitive data’, a mandate that they must adhere to by July 15.
They have not just been asked to deactivate their accounts but also delete these applications altogether.
According to statements given by an unidentified officer to national media, the directive was issued due to an exponential increase in the number of military personnel being targeted online by intelligence agencies of Pakistan and China. This was reported by news agency, ANI.
However, sources at the Indian Army at Narengi said, "We have also heard about the same from informal sources but have not received any official notification on the matter yet."
The following is the list of apps that the Indian army personnel have reportedly been asked to delete from their smart phones:
•Social Media apps: Facebook, Instagram
•Messaging apps: We Chat, Helo, Share Chat, Viber, IMO, Hike
•Video hosting apps: Tik Tok, Likee, Samosa, Kwali
•Blogging/microblogging apps: Tumblr, Reddit
•Music apps: Hungama, Songs.pk
•Lifestyle apps: POPXO
•News apps: News Dog, Daily Hunt
•Dating apps: Tinder, OkCupid, Badoo, Bumble, Happn, Couch Surfing
•E-Commerce apps: Club Factory, AliExpress, Chinabrands
•Gaming apps: PUBG, Clash of Kings
•Content sharing: ShareIt, Xender, Zapya
•Utility apps: CamScanner, Beauty Plus, True Caller
•Video and live streaming: Zoom, LiveMe, Vmate, Uplive
•Web browsers: UC Browser, UC Browser Mini
Amid rising tensions between India and China at the Line of Actual Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, on Monday last (June 29), banned 59 apps originating from China, some of which are also present in this list.
However, some of these banned apps are still said to be operational.