Facebook has confirmed that it is testing Aadhaar authentication with limited number of users on the social platforms. Notably, the Aadhaar linking authentication requires new Facebook users to log-in with their Aadhaar name as this may help the company to counter fake accounts.
If this feature turns out to be a reality then you may soon be required to enter your Aadhar details to your Facebook account. Facebook has started testing use of Aadhaar details while creating a new account on the social network which the company says is a way to counter fake accounts. The feature seems a new way to discourage users to use fake names on Facebook.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the Aadhaar optional testing to Times Now and said, “We want to make sure people can use the names they’re known by on Facebook, and can easily connect with friends and family. This is a small test where we provide additional language when people sign up for an account to say that using the name on their Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognize them. This is an optional prompt which we are testing, people are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card.”
Some users have spotted the new Aadhaar prompt while trying to create a new Facebook account. We tried creating a new account on Facebook’s mobile site and were asked to enter name as per Aadhaar.
The Aadhaar prompt comes when you try to join Facebook from a mobile browser. The page will ask for the user name and there will be a prompt on the top of the page which says, “Using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you.” At the moment, we aren’t sure if Facebook plans to make the Aadhaar details a mandatory feature for its users.
Notably, the prompt only shows when you try to create an account from Facebook’s mobile site (m.facebook.com). For those who will use an app for Facebook won’t need it at the moment.
We expect the new Aadhaar name usage on Facebook while creating a new account as a small test and expect it to be available only to a small percentage of people who use Facebook on mobile in India. The feature won’t be a mandatory feature and is just a prompt. This will mean that people who want to create new Facebook account using mobile site do not need to use the same name on their Aadhaar card.
The social network currently has 2 billion monthly users worldwide and the Indian market has one of the most number of users. As it turns out, Facebook won’t make Aadhaar linking on the social platform mandatory and this is only a small testing with limited users.