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Indian army asks personnels to delete 89 apps including Tinder, PUBG from smartphone

The Indian army has asked soldiers and officers to delete 89 apps from their smartphone including Facebook, TikTok, Tinder, PUBG and Instagram to prevent the leakage of sensitive and security information.

The order came days after the Government banned 59 Chinese apps, mostly including TikTok, UC News and CamScanner amid the standoff with China. The 89 apps include the 59 previously banned app list by the Government stating “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.

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In a Twitter post, the news agency ANI stated that “Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphone including Facebook, TikTok, Truecaller, and Instagram to plug leakage of information.”

The list includes both Chinese and non-Chinese apps ranging from messaging platforms to health app to popular mobile games and more.

89 apps to be deleted

The list of apps the personnels have been asked to delete from their smartphones are divided into numerous categories like messaging apps – (We Chat, Helo, Share Chat, Viber, IMO, Hike and others), video hosting (Tik Tok, Likee, Samosa, Kwali and others), contents sharing (ShareIt, Xender, Zapya and others), web browsers (UC Browser and UC Browser Mini), video and live streaming (Zoom, LiveMe, Vmate, Uplive and others), utility apps (CamScanner, Beauty Plus and True Caller), gaming app(PUBG, Clash of Kings and others), eCommerce app (Club Factory, AliExpress, Chinabrands and others), dating app (Tinder, OkCupid, Badoo, Bumble, Happn, Couch surfing and others), news apps (News Dog and Daily Hunt), lifestyle app(POPXO), music apps (Hungama and and blogging/micro blogging apps (Tumblr, Reddit and others).

Earlier in the day, Press Trust of India reported that the Chinese military removed all temporary structures and completed withdrawal of its troops from the face-off site in Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday even as the Indian Army kept a close watch on the pull back and maintained a high-level of combat readiness in the region, people familiar with the developments said.

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