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Army bans 89 apps, including Facebook


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There have been several cases of personnel being virtually honeytrapped on social media platforms, leading to sharing of sensitive information.

The 1.3 million Indian Army has directed all personnel to remove 89 apps, including Facebook and Instagram, from their mobile phones by July 15.

The order was issued to prevent leakage of sensitive information and also due to security considerations, an Army source said on Thursday. The apps also include the59 Chinese apps banned by the governmentrecently.

While the Army has in pastissued several directives on the use of Facebookand also asked its personnel to limit the use of Whatsapp for official work, the present directive is much broader covering a range of apps across domains like messaging, content sharing, web browsers, video hosting, gaming, e-commerce, dating, anti-virus, news and music among others.

There have been several cases of personnel being virtually honeytrapped on social media platforms, leading to sharing of sensitive information.

Also read:Smartphones, Facebook banned at naval establishments, platforms

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