42 Apps under the 'NO' list in BSF's social media directives
A circular issued by BSF also mentioned, "Be cautious while using social media"
The Border Security Force (BSF) has issued social media rules for its officers. "Don't get into a trap. Your security is in your hands," says the BSF. It has directed its men not to use 42 mobile applications and show caution while using Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
A circular issued by BSF also mentioned, "Be cautious while using social media. Before using WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, one needs to keep in mind that you are border guarding force and Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules rule duly are applicable."
It further pointed out that by commenting/writing about or forwarding unverified reports and rumours one violates laws of land.
"Several times unverified reports would be presented in way that they are absolutely true and start believing it. Seeing such post always use your commonsense and never get into the trap (sic.)," it state adding that the anti-national elements uses social media to propagate their agenda to cause unrest in India.
A picture clicked by Border Security Force personnel and posted on a social media platform remains there for always. Therefore, one should use officially approved pictures about any incident or untoward incidents related to Border Security Force, stated the circular. It pointed that unauthorised persons should not engage into taking pictures of the incidents.
It also highlighted how through social media, a few BSF personnel have fallen into trap of espionage racket carried out by enemy countries.
"Our security and respect is in our hands. Always think twice whether you are doing correct by accepting friendship requests from unknown persons, especially women and girls," it cautioned the troopers and officers.
It also highlighted that while going on leave and joining back the force, always follow the rules and regulations laid out for safety and security. "This is for your own safety," it stressed in the end.
The BSF has also issued a list of 42 mobile applications that needs to be completely avoided by serving BSF officers and jawans.
They are MI store, Weibo, Wechat, Shareit, Truecaller, UC News, UC Browser, Beautyplus, NewsDog, Viva Video - QU video Inc, Parallel Space, Apus Browser, Perfect Corp, Virus Cleaner - HI Security Lab, CM browser, MI Community, DU recorder, Vault Hide - No mobile Security, Youcam Makeup, Cachecleaner DU Apps Studio, DU battery saver, DU privacy, 360 security, DU Browser,Clean master - Cheeta Mobile, Baidu Translate, Wonder Camera - Bindu Inc, ES Ifle Explorer, Photo Wonder, QQ international , QQ music, QQ Mail, AA player, QQ News Feed, Wesync, QQ security Center, Selfie City, Mail Master, Mi Video Call -Xaomi and QQ launcher.
*Edited from an IANS report