- The central government had recently banned 59 Chinese apps and now the Army has been ordered to remove a bunch of other apps
- These apps include dating sites, video-making apps, web browsers, utility apps, gaming apps, etc
The Indian Army has reportedly ordered its personnel and soldiers to delete a total of 89 apps from their smartphones by July 15 stating that they are a threat to national security. The list not only includes Chinese apps like TikTok, WeChat, Shareit – that have already been suspended by the central government for the citizens of the country, but also a bunch of other popular US-based platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Zoom, Facebook, Truecaller, among others.
These 89 apps comprise of social media accounts, e-commerce platforms, dating sites, video-making apps, web browsers, utility apps, gaming apps and even news platforms.
A tweet by news agency ANI quotes army sources and says, “Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones including Facebook, TikTok, Truecaller and Instagram to plug leakage of information.” This will prevent sensitive and confidential information from leaking out of India.
Here’s a complete break-down of the apps
Although most of these apps are highly successful and have raked in millions of users from across the country, some of these services have been full of scandals and accused to have mishandled data of its users, not once but multiple times in the past.
Facebook which owns Instagram and WhatsApp has been accused to have extracted and exploited data of the users at many events. The Cambridge Analytica which broke a couple of years ago was the largest known data leak in Facebook history, revealing that the data-analytics firm collected data from millions of Facebook users.
According to a report by Times of India, the Indian Army was until now allowed to use Facebook but restricted to post pictures or share the location of their units on the app. But, now it appears that in the light of the sensitive scenario at the border, the army has been asked to complete remove Facebook from their phone.
Zoom is a video calling app which has also been included in the long list of 89 apps. An MHA advisory had recently noted that Zoom is not a safe platform and should not be used by government offices or officials. The announcement was made when incidents of leaked passwords and hackers hijacking video calls through conferences were reported.