Military the Indian air force was forbidden to be in groups in WhatsApp messenger due to concerns about the vulnerability of the app, told RIA Novosti sources in the Ministry of defence of India.
According to sources, in compliance with the new order, the application still can be used for communication in groups.
“Air force of India (IAF) issued an order prohibiting members from joining the groups in WhatsApp. However, the IAF allowed the individual to use the WhatsApp application… the Decision was made based on the recommendations of CERT (emergency response team computer-related emergencies) on the basis of security threats and vulnerabilities”, the sources said.
Earlier, the Indian army ordered the officers and soldiers to remove 89 apps from their mobile phones, in particular Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, PUBG, and many others, citing security concerns and the loss of confidential data. The list of banned were those 59 applications that were previously banned by the government of India. In turn, the Ministry of internal Affairs of India has banned its former and current employees network use Facebook.
The government of India in late June, has banned the use of including Chinese social network TikTok, browser UC Browser, messenger WeChat. As noted in the statement of the government, the list includes the applications “harmful to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order.”