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

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

The Indian Military desires its personnel to delete 89 apps, starting from Tiktok, Fb, Truecaller, and Instagram, to video games like PUBG Cell, and datings apps like Tinder, in addition to information apps like Every day Hunt and all ‘non-public blogs’, in accordance with stories. In line with the stories, the military desires personnel to delete these apps to plug the leakage of knowledge. The inclusion of classes like relationship apps means that the military is not simply anxious about cyber snooping, but additionally actual world snooping. There’s a massive overlap with the checklist of 59 Chinese language 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 Utilization’. It quotes Military sources to say that the ban is to plug leakage of knowledge. One other report, from IndiaTV News added that the military has set a deadline of July 15 to delete these apps, or else face motion. Earlier than this, the Military allowed its personnel to make use of Fb however with restrictions like not posting footage in uniform or disclosing the placement of their models, in accordance with a report by .

These embrace a few of the hottest apps in India, resembling Facebook and Instagram, Tinder and PUBG, and likewise embrace some broad classes resembling “all Tencent gaming apps,” and “Non-public blogs”, aside from Chinese apps that have already been banned by the federal government resembling 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 Fb or Reddit are additionally banned — they’ll simply be accessed from cellular browsers as an alternative of the app, in any case.

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 identical ban both. Earlier this 12 months, the military gave a warning to officers utilizing Fb and WhatsApp, in accordance with a Devices 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 Fb by all naval personnel and ban on use of smartphones inside naval bases / institutions / dockyards / onboard warships.”

Across the identical time, the US military additionally banned soldiers from using TikTok. “It’s thought of a cyber risk,” Lt Col Robin Ochoa, a US Military spokesperson advised US-based information portal “We don’t enable it on authorities telephones.” 

You possibly can see the complete checklist of 89 apps banned by the Indian Military beneath:

Messaging Platforms

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

Video Internet hosting

  • TikTok
  • Likee
  • Samosa
  • Kwali

Content material Sharing

Net Browsers

  • UC Browser
  • UC Browser Mini

Video and Reside Streaming

  • LiveMe
  • BigoLive
  • Zoom
  • Quick Movies
  • Vmate
  • Uplive
  • Vigo Video

Utility Apps

  • Cam Scanner
  • Magnificence Plus
  • Truecaller

Gaming Apps

  • PUBG
  • NONO Reside
  • Conflict of Kings
  • All Tencent gaming apps
  • Cell Legends


  • Membership Manufacturing unit
  • AliExpress
  • Chinabrands
  • Gearbest
  • Banggood
  • MiniInTheBox
  • Tiny Deal
  • Dhhgate
  • LightinTheBox
  • DX
  • Eric Costume
  • Zaful
  • Tbdress
  • Modility
  • Rosegal
  • Shein
  • Romwe

Courting Apps

  • Tinder
  • TrulyMadly
  • Happn
  • Aisle
  • Espresso Meets Bagel
  • Woo
  • OkCupid
  • Hinge
  • Badoo
  • Azar
  • Bumble
  • Tantan
  • Elite Sinles
  • Tagged
  • Sofa Browsing



  • Fb
  • Baidu
  • Instagram
  • Ello
  • Snapchat

Information Apps

On-line E book Studying Apps

Well being Apps

Way of life Apps

Information Apps

Music Apps

Running a blog/ Micro Running a blog

  • Yelp
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
  • FriendsFeed
  • Non-public Blogs

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