Amid a multi-pronged cyberwar, the Indian Army has decided to ban 89 apps for personnel as it took into account various security considerations. The banned apps include Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Hungama, Songs.pk, Tinder, TrulyMadly, and more. The decision comes after an "exponential increase" in the number of cases being targeted by their intelligence agencies. Other banned apps include Shareit, Viber, WeChat, Nimbuzz, UC Browser, TrueCaller, Ello, Baidu, Qzone, Helo, Snow, Hike, and more. The list of banned apps includes at least 14 messaging platforms, 4 video hosting sites, 3 content-sharing sites, 5 gaming apps including PUBG, and about 15 dating apps. The Indian Army warned of action against personnel who do not delete the apps by July 15.
Among others that figured in the list of banned apps are Samosa, Kwali, Likee, ShareIt, Xender, Zapya, UC Browser, LiveMe, Zoom, Uplive, Vigo Video, Cam Scanner, NONO Live, Club Factory, Shein, Rosegal, Coffee Meets Bagel, Hinge, OkCupid, Badoo.