The Army Has Asked Personnel to Delete 89 Apps Including Facebook, Tiktok

The Indian Army needs its personnel to delete 89 apps, starting from Tiktok, Facebook, Truecaller, and Instagram, to video games like PUBG Mobile, and datings apps like Tinder, in addition to information apps like Daily Hunt and all ‘non-public blogs’, in keeping with reviews. According to the reviews, the military needs personnel to delete these apps to plug the leakage of data. The inclusion of classes like courting apps means that the military is not simply anxious about cyber snooping, but additionally actual world snooping. There is a big overlap with the checklist of 59 Chinese apps banned by the federal government, however this checklist is even bigger, and is not restricted to solely apps from China.

A tweet from information company ANI features a {photograph} of a web page with the checklist of the apps, and the title, ‘Social Media Apps: Banned for Usage’. It quotes Army sources to say that the ban is to plug leakage of data. Another report, from IndiaTV News added that the military has set a deadline of July 15 to delete these apps, or else face motion. Before this, the Army allowed its personnel to make use of Facebook however with restrictions like not posting photos in uniform or disclosing the placement of their items, in keeping with a report by Times of India.

These embrace among the hottest apps in India, reminiscent of Facebook and Instagram, Tinder and PUBG, and in addition embrace some broad classes reminiscent of “all Tencent gaming apps,” and “Private blogs”, other than Chinese apps which have already been banned by the federal government reminiscent of TikTok, SHAREit, and UC Browser. The headline of the checklist additionally says apps banned so it is unclear whether or not the web sites of platforms like Facebook or Reddit are additionally banned — they will simply be accessed from cellular browsers as an alternative of the app, in any case.

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The ban is clearly associated to the tensions which can be going down between India and China, however not like the federal government checklist, this ban will solely apply to military personnel. This is not the primary time that the military has ordered an analogous ban both. Earlier this yr, the military gave a warning to officers utilizing Facebook and WhatsApp, in keeping with a Gadgets Now report. The order additionally requested them to not carry smartphones into bases and dockyards in addition to on board warships, and directed the “ban on use of Facebook by all naval personnel and ban on use of smartphones within naval bases / establishments / dockyards / onboard warships.”

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Around the identical time, the US military additionally banned troopers from utilizing TikTok. “It is considered a cyber threat,” Lt Col Robin Ochoa, a US Army spokesperson instructed US-based information portal Military.com. “We do not allow it on government phones.” 

You can see the total checklist of 89 apps banned by the Indian Army under:

Messaging Platforms

  • WeChat
  • QQ
  • Kik
  • ooVoo
  • Nimbuzz
  • Helo
  • Qzone
  • Share Chat
  • Viber
  • Line
  • IMO
  • Snow
  • To Tok
  • Hike

Video Hosting

  • TikTok
  • Likee
  • Samosa
  • Kwali

Content Sharing

Web Browsers

  • UC Browser
  • UC Browser Mini

Video and Live Streaming

  • LiveMe
  • BigoLive
  • Zoom
  • Fast Films
  • Vmate
  • Uplive
  • Vigo Video

Utility Apps

  • Cam Scanner
  • Beauty Plus
  • Truecaller
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Gaming Apps

  • PUBG
  • NONO Live
  • Clash of Kings
  • All Tencent gaming apps
  • Mobile Legends

E-Commerce

  • Club Factory
  • AliExpress
  • Chinabrands
  • Gearbest
  • Banggood
  • MiniInTheField
  • Tiny Deal
  • Dhhgate
  • LightinTheField
  • DX
  • Eric Dress
  • Zaful
  • Tbdress
  • Modility
  • Rosegal
  • Shein
  • Romwe

Dating Apps

  • Tinder
  • TrulyMadly
  • Happn
  • Aisle
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • Woo
  • OkCupid
  • Hinge
  • Badoo
  • Azar
  • Bumble
  • Tantan
  • Elite Sinles
  • Tagged
  • Couch Surfing

Antivirus

Networking

  • Facebook
  • Baidu
  • Instagram
  • Ello
  • Snapchat

News Apps

Online Book Reading Apps

Health Apps

Lifestyle Apps

Knowledge Apps

Music Apps

Blogging/ Micro Blogging

  • Yelp
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
  • FriendsFeed
  • Private Blogs

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