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Trump cites national security risk for his order to ban the apps in 45 days. The move coincides with his push for the sale of TikTok's US business.
Residents used WeChat to connect with families in Tibet as WhatsApp, Facebook are banned there. They, however, lauded the ban, saying it will hurt China.
The Army earlier this month had come up with an updated list of 89 apps, saying they would be banned for use. The list included TikTok, WeChat, Zoom, and even Facebook.
Apart from deciding on end-to-end encryption for chats, the amended IT Rules will also decide on what content belongs on the internet.
Apps like TikTok and We Chat reportedly have millions of users around the world, and a bike-sharing app has already reached 200 cities.
Based on intelligence inputs, troops on the China border told to delete apps like WeChat, Truecaller that have been banned due to data security implications.