Indian Army maintains stand-off with third-party apps
Some of the 89 apps are among those which the Centre had banned earlier stating “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.
Indian Army maintains stand-off with third-party apps. Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones. Which are including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and PUBG. Therefore, the directive has been given a time limit Which shall last till July 15. Moreover, to delete the applications. Which might cause leakage of personal information.
“The directive has been issued because there has been an exponential. Increase in the number of military personnel being targeted online by intelligence agencies of Pakistan and China”. An officer told Times of India.
This has come days after the Government banned 59 Chinese apps, amid the standoff and border tensions with China. Some of the 89 apps are among those. Which the Centre has already banned. Stating “they are engaged in activities. Which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India. Also defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.
The list of apps the Indian army personnel has reportedly been asked to delete from their smartphones. However it is divided into numerous categories like messaging apps . Moreover, these include We Chat, Helo, Share Chat, Viber, IMO, Hike and others. But video hosting like Tik Tok, Likee, Samosa, Kwali and others. Whereas content sharing are ShareIt, Xender, Zapya and others. Furthermore, web browsers are UC Browser. Video and live streaming include Zoom, LiveMe, Vmate, Uplive and others. Since utility apps are CamScanner, Beauty Plus and True Caller. However, gaming apps are PUBG, Clash of Kings and others. E-Commerce apps are Club Factory, AliExpress, Chinabrands and other dating apps. As Tinder, OkCupid, Badoo, Bumble, Happn, Couch Surfing and others. Also, news apps like News Dog and Daily Hunt.
The current chief of the army staff (COAS) is General Manoj Mukund Naravane.