Facebook confirms 'no plans for Aadhaar linking'

The report mentions that the Aadhaar prompt isn’t pushed to everyone who registers for a Facebook account. Also the prompt is only encountered when creating a new account from the Safari web browser on iOS devices

Facebook confirms 'no plans for Aadhaar linking'

Contrary to reports, Facebook isn't linking Aadhaar number with user accounts in India, the social media giant has clarified via a blog post. However, the prompt while creating a new account is a small test and expected to be available only to a small percentage of people who use Facebook's mobile site (m.facebook.com). For all we know, this could be just a routine user experience test carried out by Facebook India. This is an optional prompt, and users are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card nor have to upload a photo of their Aadhaar Card or perform any other such verification step at the moment.

This tweet, we feel, succinctly sums up everyone's feelings towards Aadhaar and Facebook.

Facebook's controversial move came into the limelight when the company encouraged new users to register their first and last names based on their Aadhaar card.

This makes one wonder if this Facebook experiment is directed towards making people more comfortable using their Aadhaar credentials for verification on Facebook.

Facebook was running a test, where it requested for people's Aadhaar information when they signed up for an account.

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"As with all tests, we may learn new things that help us provide a better sign-up experience for people joining Facebook, but we now have no plans to roll this test out further", Facebook said in its statement, as reported by the First Post. This policy of the Facebook created uproar in the country. Previously, it used to suggest users to use the real name. So, there is no way it can verify if you are using your real name. This prompt asked them to sign up with their name as it appears on their Aadhaar card, replacing the term "real name".

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"Customer's identification is a part of the investigation and enables the same, but we will carry out the necessary investigation even without it, though it may sometimes limit our process checks". That is a use case of Aadhaar to remove cash. In April 2017, the Aadhaar details of 1.4 Mn registered users were made public on the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security.

Once again it has been reiterated that it is not mandatory to feed the Aadhaar name in the prompt.

In the light of these incidents, any and everything related to Aadhaar becomes a hot topic of discussion.

With this, Facebook says that it is planning to curb fake accounts from its website.

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