Indian Army Personnel Ordered to Delete 89 Apps Including Facebook, Tinder & More


INTRO: The Indian government’s distaste for foreign apps is now expanding beyond those from China-based developers. According to ANI, the Indian Army has now instructed its personnel to delete 89 apps from their phones.

This is additionally to the 59 apps banned by the Indian government last week. The list includes a number of the foremost widely-used services in India and around the world, including Tiktok, Facebook, Truecaller, and Instagram. Not only that, but the purge also includes games like PUBG, dating apps like Tinder, and news apps like Daily Hunt.

According to Army sources quoted by the report, the ban is being implemented to stop the leakage of sensitive information. Army personnel will reportedly need to get obviate these apps from their devices by July 15 or face departmental action. Men and women in the army were thus far allowed to use Facebook. However, they were not allowed to post images of themselves or their colleagues in uniforms. They were also not allowed to disclose the location of their units.

With the govt and its agencies going after China-based apps, the newest ban also includes ‘all Tencent gaming apps’. This means all games from the Chinese tech giant, which owns a big share of the worldwide mobile gaming market-share, is now off-limits to Indian army personnel.

The ban also includes a number of e-commerce platforms, including AliExpress, Gearbest, Banggood, and more. Xender, ShareIt, and other Bluetooth apps also are on the list. Alongside Tinder, other dating apps like TrulyMadly, Happn, OkCupid, Coffee Meets Bagel, also are off-limits for army personnel now. Messaging apps Line, Viber, WeChat, etc, also as online message boards like Yelp, Tumbler, Reddit, etc, should even be deleted, the circular said.

89 Apps Banned by the Indian Army

Do note that unlike the 59 banned apps last week, the newest list of 89 is merely applicable to army personnel. You can check out the full list below.
Messaging Platforms
• WeChat
• QQ
• Kik
• ooVoo
• Nimbuzz
• Helo
• Qzone
• Share Chat
• Viber
• Line
• Snow
• To Tok
• Hike
Video Hosting
• TikTok
• Likee
• Samosa
• Kwali
Content Sharing
• Shareit
• Xender
• Zapya
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
Gaming Apps
• NONO Live
• Clash of Kings
• All Tencent gaming apps
• Mobile Legends
• Club Factory
• AliExpress
• Chinabrands
• Gearbest
• Banggood
• MiniInTheBox
• Tiny Deal
• Dhhgate
• LightinTheBox
• 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 Singles
• Tagged
• Couch Surfing
• 360 Security
• Facebook
• Baidu
• Instagram
• Ello
• Snapchat
News Apps
• Daily Hunt
• News Dog
Online Book Reading Apps
• Pratilipi
Health Apps
• Heal of Y
Lifestyle Apps
Knowledge Apps
• Vokal
Music Apps
• Hungama
Blogging/ Micro-Blogging
• Yelp
• Tumblr
• Reddit
• FriendFeed
• Private Blogs

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