wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Indian Army bans personnel from using 89 apps including Facebook, Instagram, ShareChat, Truecaller, and PUBG: Reports

social media

The Indian Army has directed its personnel to delete at least 89 apps, ranging from social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to Tinder, to even blogging sites like Reddit and “private blogs”, news agency ANI reported. Popular gaming apps such as PUBG are also included, and even apps developed by Indian companies, such as ShareChat, is banned. Truecaller has also been banned. The list contains broad categories such as “all Tencent gaming apps”, suggesting that more than 89 apps have been banned.

Interestingly, the 59 ‘Chinese’ apps that were blocked by the Indian government late last month have also been included in the Army’s communication. Army personnel will have to delete these apps by July 15, or else face action, according to the Times of India. The move has reportedly been taken out of security considerations and to plug the leakage of sensitive information.

Unanswered questions: According to an image tweeted by ANI, the order is titled “Social Media Apps: Banned for Usage”, and it isn’t clear what “private blogs” refers to in this case, or how the Army defines what “private blogs” are. It is also unclear whether the website equivalent of some of these apps, such as Facebook, are banned. It is also unclear whether the Army has directed personnel to advise their family members to also not use these apps, as it had following the ban on the 59 ‘Chinese’ apps.

In response to the development, Truecaller, in a statement to MediaNama, said that “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”. “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,” it added. It said that its inclusion in this list was “unfair” and “unjust” because it stores all its data in India, and doesn’t sell user data or upload phonebooks, among other things.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The Indian Navy, last December, had banned the use of Facebook for all its personnel, while also directing them not to carry smart mobile phones into bases and dockyards as well as on board warships. Before that, the Indian Army had directed its personnel to limit their online presence and not forwarding or storing sensitive data on their electronic devices as part of a month-long cyber security exercise.

Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, Truecaller, PUBG, ‘private blogs’ among apps banned by the Indian Army

Here is a list of all the 89 ‘apps’ that the Army has banned for its personnel:

Messaging platforms

  • WeChat
  • QQ
  • Kik
  • ooVoo
  • Nimbuzz
  • Helo
  • Qzone
  • Share Chat
  • Viber
  • Line
  • IMO
  • Snow
  • To Tok
  • Hike

Video hosting

  • TikTok
  • Likee
  • Samosa
  • Kwali

Content sharing

  • Shareit
  • Xender
  • Zapya

Web browsers

  • UC Browser
  • UC Browser Mini

Video and live streaming

  • LiveMe
  • BigoLive
  • Zoom
  • Fast Films
  • Vmate
  • Uplive
  • Vigo Video

Utility apps

  • Cam Scanner
  • Beauty Plus
  • Truecaller

Gaming apps

  • PUBG
  • NONO Live
  • Clash of Kings
  • All Tencent gaming apps
  • Mobile Legends


  • Club Factory
  • AliExpress
  • Chinabrands
  • Gearbest
  • Banggood
  • MiniInTheBox
  • Tiny Deal
  • Dhhgate
  • LightinTheBox
  • DX
  • Eric Dress
  • Zaful
  • Tbdress
  • Modility
  • Rosegal
  • Shein
  • Romwe

Dating apps

  • Tinder
  • TrulyMadly
  • Happn
  • Aisle
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • Woo
  • OkCupid
  • Hinge
  • Badoo
  • Azar
  • Bumble
  • Tantan
  • Elite Sinles
  • Tagged
  • Couch Surfing


  • 360 Security


  • Facebook
  • Baidu
  • Instagram
  • Ello
  • Snapchat

News apps

  • Daily Hunt
  • News Dog

Online book reading apps

  • Pratilipi

Health apps

  • Heal of Y

Lifestyle apps


Knowledge apps

  • Vokal

Music apps

  • Hungama
  • Songs.pk

Blogging/ Micro blogging

  • Yelp
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
  • FriendsFeed
  • Private Blogs

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



By Rahul Rai and Shruti Aji Murali A little less than a year since their release, the Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020 is being amended....


By Anand Venkatanarayanan                         There has been enough commentary about the Indian IT...


By Rahul Rai and Shruti Aji Murali The Indian antitrust regulator, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has a little more than a decade...


By Stella Joseph, Prakhil Mishra, and Surabhi Prabhudesai The recent difference of opinions between the Government and Twitter brings to fore the increasing scrutiny...


This article is being posted here courtesy of The Wire, where it was originally published on June 17.  By Saksham Singh The St Petersburg paradox,...

You May Also Like


WhatsApp addressed grievances related to abusive or harmful behaviour while Facebook and Instagram looked into content related to a range of topics like impersonation,...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ