Forbidden Apps: WeChat identified 'dangerous' for military personnel

Jan 24 2014, 21:20 IST
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Fearing that national security could be compromised, Indian Army has asked its personnel not to use messaging apps like WeChat. Fearing that national security could be compromised, Indian Army has asked its personnel not to use messaging apps like WeChat.
SummaryArmy has sent across warning to its formations on the use of new-age messaging tools on cellphones.

AFTER passing strictures to its personnel on the use of social media like Twitter and Facebook that have the potential of revealing their identity and locations, the Army has sent across another warning to its formations on the use of new-age messaging tools on cellphones.

The new warning emphasises that communication tools like WhatsApp and WeChat that use the Internet on cellphones to send messages and audio should also not be used due to security reasons.

WeChat in particular has been identified as being “dangerous” for military personnel as well as all those working in the field of national security.

Chatting sites such as Facebook and Wechat have become quite popular in India and are among the top downloaded applications on smart phones and tablets.

More than two Navy officers were also tried and punished by the maritime force after they were indicted for using Facebook accounts and disclosing the position of their respective ships.

Security and intelligence agencies have been probing the origins of such web-based chatting platforms with fears that their servers could be based in China having links with the People Liberation Army. (With PTI inputs)

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