After the government of India banned 59 Chinese apps for everyone in the country, the Indian army asks soldiers and officers to delete 89 apps from their smartphone. The report first comes from news agency ANI. The agency posted a full list of 89 apps on Wednesday. Notably, the list includes more than just apps with China origin such as Facebook, Tinder, Instagram, among others.
In a Twitter post, the news agency stated that the “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 apps to popular mobile games and more.
Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones including Facebook, TikTok, Truecaller and Instagram to plug leakage of information: Indian Army Sources pic.twitter.com/l23Lu5ndNh
— ANI (@ANI) July 8, 2020
UC Browser Mini
Video and Live Streaming
Clash of Kings
All Tencent gaming apps
Coffee Meets Bagel
Online Book Reading Apps
Heal of Y
Blogging/ Micro Blogging
The list includes all 59 Chinese apps the government banned in India recently and some more Chinese and non-Chinese applications.
Commenting on the matter Truecaller spokesperson noted in an email statement, “It is disappointing and saddening to learn that Truecaller is among the list of 89 apps being banned by the Indian Armed Forces for their personnel. Truecaller is an app of Swedish origin that considers India it’s home. We also have immense respect for the Armed Forces and we stand in solidarity with them and the Indian government. We would like to reiterate that Truecaller remains safe to use, both for our citizens and for our esteemed armed forces personnel. We see no reason for Truecaller to be on this list and will investigate the matter further. Truecaller provides a vital service for over 170 million people in India, identifying and blocking hundreds of millions of spam calls and SMS every single day. Our inclusion in this list is unfair and unjust for the following reasons:
Truecaller stores all user data in India, well ahead of regulations
All app features are permission-based & disabled by default
A majority of Truecaller employees globally are Indian
Truecaller does not upload phonebooks or sell user data – https://www.truecaller.com/privacy
For women facing harassment, fraudsters who try to steal your money & for those facing a barrage of incessant spam – Truecaller is often the first and only effective line of defence – https://www.truecaller.com/impact.”
This move comes amidst the tension at the border between India and China. The army clearly doesn’t want leakage of any information. Another report from IndiaTV News stated that the army has set July 15 as the deadline for soldiers and officers to delete the listed apps from their smartphone.
Notably, apps other than 59 banned Chinese apps are not banned in India. Army has just asked officers to delete them from their mobile phones.