Indian Army officers are in ‘panic’ mode after new WhatsApp regulations

After the issuance of new guidelines by the Indian Army on how WhatsApp and other social media platforms should be used, officers are reportedly quitting WhatsApp groups. It’s not just the groups that have unknown members but even golfing groups and regional groups, where officers interact with Army veterans, are being sidelined.

There’s a growing sense of ‘panic’ among the officers, Army officers told the
Times of India, due to the pressure of spot-checks. They can lead to a court martial if an officer is found guilty of sharing confidential information, even by accident.

Some officers feel that the guidelines as much too severe since they are required to verify the identity of everyone in a WhatsApp group —even those like a group with school friends or college alumni.

Others feel that its a political move by the Indian Army to keep qualms about disability pensions and other veteran complaints, at bay. Read More

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