The Indian Army wants its personnel to refrain from social media apps for any kind of official or personal communication. On Wednesday, citing security reasons, the Indian Army asked its personnel to delete their accounts from 89 social media apps by July 15 or face action.
The range of apps that are restricted now for them include social media accounts, e-commerce and dating sites among other commonly used apps. Some of these apps are Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, songs.pk, WeChat, Hike, Likee, Shareit, True Caller, PUBG, Tinder, according to a news report.
This substantial move has come amid a two-front cyberwar with China and Pakistan as the Indian Army takes into account an “exponential increase” in the number of cases being targeted by their intelligence agencies.
Amid the weeks of tensions between India and China following the worst border skirmish in more than five decades, New Delhi is being watchful on all fronts possible. The “all-weather” friends have been trying to trouble India at the LOC and LAC.
Even last year, the Indian Army stated in its advisory that the popular social media platform Facebook has turned out to be a crucial source of collecting intelligence, which is why officers holding critical posts in the army must consider deactivating their accounts.