Indian Army reportedly bans Instagram, Facebook, PUBG and 86 other apps

This is in line with the central government's move to outlaw apps run by foreign countries, citing security concerns.

Highlights
  • The list includes the 59 apps that were previously banned by the government of India
  • Army personnel have also been asked to delete Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder, PUBG, TrueCaller, and other popular apps from their smartphones

Indian Army has reportedly banned 89 apps, including Facebook, Instagram, Truecaller, and PUBG, for its personnel. The list includes TikTok, CamScanner, Shareit, and 56 other apps that were banned by the government of India citing security considerations a few days ago. The 13 lakh Indian Army officers and soldiers will have to delete these apps by July 15th to “plug leakage of information”. Those who do not follow the orders may face strict action. “The directive has been issued because there has been an exponential increase in the number of military personnel being targeted by intelligence agencies of Pakistan and China,” said an Indian officer in TOI report.

The list of banned apps includes Chinese apps like TikTok, BigoLive and WeChat, along with others such as Truecaller, Zoom and Vigo Video. The Indian army personnel have also been asked to delete dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble, Happn, TrulyMadly, Aisle, Coffee Meets Bagel, Couch Surfing, as well as video and live streaming apps such as Zoom, LiveMe, Vmate, and Uplive. They can also not play PUBG (arguably the most popular game for smartphones) or use UC Browser and UC Browser Mini or or order anything from e-commerce apps such as Club Factory, AliExpress, and Chinabrands.

This is not the first time the Indian Army has issued such directives. Last year, it asked its officers and soldiers to avoid the use of WhatsApp for official work, while officers holding “sensitive appointments” to delete their Facebook accounts. Similarly, the Indian Navy has also prohibited the use of Facebook for all its personnel and use of smartphones in bases and dockyard.

List of apps banned by Army in India:

Messaging
  • WeChat
  • QQ
  • Kik
  • ooVoo
  • Nimbuzz
  • Helo
  • Qzone
  • Share Chat
  • Viber
  • Line
  • IMO
  • Snow
  • To Tok
  • Hike
Videos
  • TikTok
  • Likee
  • Samosa
  • Kwali
Content-sharing
  • Shareit
  • Zender
  • Zapya
Web browsers
  • UC Browser
  • UC Browser mini
Video and live streaming
  • LiveMe
  • Bigo Live
  • Zoom
  • Fast Flim
  • Vmate
  • Uplive
  • Vigo Video
Utility apps
  • CamScanner
  • Beauty Plus
  • True Caller
Gaming apps
  • PUBG
  • NONO Live
  • Clash of Kings
  • All Tencent gaming apps
  • Mobile Legends
E-commerce apps
  • Club Factory
  • AliExpress
  • Chinabrands
  • Gearbest
  • Banggood
  • MinilnTheBox
  • TinyDeal
  • Dhhgate
  • LightinTheBox
  • DX
  • EricDress
  • Zaful
  • Tbdress
  • Mobility
  • Rosegal
  • Shein
  • Romwe
Dating Apps
  • Tinder
  • TrulyMadly
  • Happn
  • Aisle
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • Woo
  • OkCupid
  • Hinge
  • Badoo
  • Azar
  • Bumble
  • Tantan
  • Elite Singles
  • Tagged
  • Couch Surfing
Anti-Virus
  • 360 Security
Social
  • Facebook
  • Baidu
  • Instagram
  • Ello Snapchat
News
  • News Log
  • Daily hunt
eBook apps
  • Pratilipi
Health apps
  • Heal of Y
Lifestyle apps
  • POPXO
Knowledge apps
  • Vokal
Music apps
  • Hungama
  • Songs.pk
Blogging/ Micro Blogging
  • Yelp
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
  • FriendsFeed
  • Private Blogs