Amid tensions escalated due to the India-China violent face-off which led to the killing of 20 Indian Army soldiers, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) has ordered its personnel to uninstall 52 “dubious” Chinese apps from their mobile phones immediately.
The decision was taken considering the possibility of data theft.
In the order, STF Inspector General Amitabh Yash has asked all members to remove these 52 apps from theirs as well from the phones of their family members.
However, a controversy later erupted after PIB Fact Check on Twitter said the news of the advisory was fake. "A message is going viral on social media that STF has advised its personnel not to use certain apps. This is a lie, STF has issued no such advisory," it said in a tweet.
However, Yash confirmed to News18 that such an advisory has been issued. "It is correct that we have issued an advisory for STF personnel and their relatives," he said, adding the advisory was meant for internal circulation and put up on the informal notice board of the STF.
The apps were said to be marked "unsafe" by the Union Home Ministry recently over a suspicion that these Chinese apps may steal all data from mobile phones.
The list of 52 apps that are said to be “dubious” in nature are - Tik Tok, Vault Hide, Vigo Video, Bigo Live, Weibo, We Chat, SHARE It, UC News, UC Browser, Beauty Plus, Xender, Club Factory, Helo, LIKE, Kwai, ROMWE, SHEIN, News Dog, Photo Wonder, APUS Browser, Viva Video – QU Video Inc, Perfect Corp, CM Browser, Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab), MI Community, DU Recorder, You Cam Makeup, MI Store, DU Battery Saver, 360 Security, DU Browser, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy, Clean Master – Cheetah, Cache Cleaner DU apps studio, Baidu Translate, Baidu Map, Wonder Camera, ES File Explorer, QQ International. QQ Launcher, QQ Security Centre, QQ Player, QQ Music, QQ Mall, QQ News Feed, We Sync, Selfie City, Clash of Kings, Mail Master, MI Video call – Xiomi and Parallel Space.