New Delhi | Jagran Tech Desk: The Indian Army has asked all its officers and soldiers to delete their Facebook and Instagram accounts and also uninstall 89 apps from their smartphones by July 15, reported news agency ANI.

Citing security considerations and risk of leakage of sensitive data, the Indian Army said that those who do not follow the order will face strict action.

Till now, Army personnel were allowed to use Facebook but with restrictions like not posting pictures in uniform or disclosing the location of their units.

The apps listed by the Indian Army also include TikTok, Likee, Hike and online games like PUBG and Clash of Kings, along with Club Factory, Tinder and UC Browser. Here is the complete list of apps: 

This comes just days after the Indian government banned 59 China-linked mobile apps, including the highly popular ones like TikTok and UC Browser, saying they are engaged in activities which are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order."

 

The big decision was taken amid calls to boycott Chinese apps after the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan valley, which led to martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers.

In November last year, the Army had directed its personnel to avoid the use of WhatsApp for official work, while asking officers holding "sensitive appointments" to delete their facebook accounts.   

In December, the Navy had banned the use of Facebook for all its personnel, while also directing them not to carry mobile phones into bases and dock yards as well as on board warships.  

 

In the recent years, there have been several incidents where Pakistan agents posing as women have reportedly honey-trapped Indian military personnel into divulging classified information. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta