OPPOSING APPS BAN BY DEFENCE MINISTRY, COLONEL APPROACHES DELHI HIGH COURT
A petition was filed by Lieutenant Colonel PK Choudhary, who is currently posted in Jammu and Kashmir, through his advocates Shivank Pratap Singh and Sanandika Pratap Singh, soughting a direction to the central government through the defence ministry to withdraw its June 6 policy to “ensure that the fundamental rights of armed forces personnel are not abrogated amended or modified by arbitrary executive action which is not backed by the mandate of law, offends the provisions of the Army Act and Rules made thereunder and is unconstitutional”. Choudhary found out through a July 9 news report about the army’s order requiring him and other personnel to delete Facebook, Instagram and 87 other applications by July 15.
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Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army on Monday approached the Delhi high court challenging a move that bans armed forces officials from using social networking platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. In his plea, he stated that he is an active Facebook user and uses the platform to connect with his friends and family, as most of them are settled abroad, including his daughter and soughtthe court’s direction to the Director General of Military Intelligence to withdraw the June 6 policy which ordered all members of the army to delete their accounts from Facebook, Instagram and 87 other applications.
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Other than social networking websites, the banned services included dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid and Couch Surfing. The social media apps that are a no-go area for soldiers include messaging platforms, video-hosting sites, gaming and dating apps, and also some e-commerce options.
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