Aadhaar Invades Facebook - New Users Asked To Submit Aadhaar Verified Name!

Facebook Aadhaar Prompt

While this is not yet confirmed, there are reports of Facebook prompting new users to enter their names as per their Aadhaar Card. Given that the prompt appears while creating a new Facebook account, there could be a possibility for the linking to make its way to the existing accounts anytime in the near future. The ensuing media scrutiny seems to have put Facebook India on the backfoot and has prompted the social media behemoth to publish a blog post clarifying the matter.

After the screengrabs of the prompt went up on Twitter, as well as, Reddit, creating frenzy online, Facebook cleared the air and said that it was just a test and nothing was set in stone. It is worth pointing out here that the Aadhaar-based sign up is not mandatory.

Facebook could just have easily asked people for their name as per their PAN card, driving license, electricity bill, or any of a dozen other forms of government-issued identification.

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Though the Facebook prompt can hardly be seen as something to evoke concerns over privacy since it is not asking for the Aadhaar number, the move raised concerns given the fact increasingly mandatory use of Aadhaar for various services has been opposed by several people.

India is the second largest country on Facebook.

The social media giant Facebook has landed in the conspiracy soup by asking new users to give their names "as per Aadhaar". The test, which has now finished, merely includes additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognize them. However, the firm has said that this an optional prompt and it's not necessary to use your Adhaar name while opening a Facebook account.

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"There have been a number of reports about a small test we ran in India to help new users sign up to Facebook". But, unperturbed by these developments, Facebook has asking news users to use the details as per their Aadhaar card.

This is not the first time, talks of linking social media accounts to Adhaar card are gaining ground.

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