KARACHI: Indian Navy has banned using Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and other social media platforms in what appears to be desperate measure to save them from ‘honey trap’.
The move came after the arrest of seven personnel who were allegedly involved in an spy ring with links to Pakistan. The alleged network was busted earlier this month after a joint operation, codenamed Operation Dolphin, conducted by Andhra Pradesh Intelligence and Naval Intelligence which also resulted in the arrest of a hawala operator.
The order issued by Indian Navy on Friday also bans using smartphones by naval personnel on naval bases and establishments, dockyards and ships, and use of messaging and content-sharing apps, which include the Facebook-owned popular apps, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, as well as dating apps like Tinder or Bumble.
Interestingly, the order came only days before New Year ’s Eve, which has sent a wave of uneasiness among all security personnel. It is also pertinent to mention here that Indian Navy’s Facebook page has some 1.1 million followers.