Army expands list of social media apps banned from use by personnel

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has expanded the list of social media apps, many of them Chinese in origin, which are banned from use by its million-plus strong personnel. Apart from the 59 Chinese apps that have been banned nationwide, the military has banned the use of video and live streaming apps including Zoom and Vmate, gaming apps like PUBG in addition to some apps. e-commerce, news, music and antivirus.

The military banned popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as messaging platforms and video-hosting apps like the ByteDance product TikTok and content-sharing tools like Xender and Shareit.

The army had previously warned its personnel against attempts by forces hostile to Indian interests to trick them into sending “friend requests” on Facebook and Twitter in addition through dating apps. This followed several cases of “honey trapping” of Indian servicemen by agents or personnel. Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence that has come to light in recent years.

Following the clashes and growing tensions with China, India plans to decouple its economy from that of China in addition to imposing an economic cost on Beijing for its violation of the pacts signed since 1993 to ensure the stability of the border.

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