In a major development in the fight against terrorism, the central government has blocked 14 mobile messenger apps that were allegedly used by terrorist groups in Pakistan to communicate with their supporters and militants in Jammu & Kashmir.
The decision to ban these apps was made based on the recommendations of security and intelligence agencies. The concerned ministry was then informed, and a list of apps that posed a threat to national security and did not follow Indian laws was prepared.
The banned apps include Crypviser, Enigma, Safeswiss, Wickrme, Mediafire, Briar, BChat, Nandbox, Conion, IMO, Element, Second Line, Zangi, and Threema.
According to reports, these apps were being used by terrorist groups to transfer information and coordinate their activities. The government’s action under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, will ensure that these apps are no longer accessible within the country.
This is not the first time the Indian government has resorted to a complete ban on mobile applications. In the past, the government has banned several Chinese apps, accusing them of being “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order.”
This latest move by the government is seen as a significant step towards ensuring national security and thwarting terrorist activities. It is also hoped that this action will send a strong message to those who intend to harm the country and its people.
The government has urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or communication to the authorities. The ban on these apps is expected to remain in place until further notice.