Facebook: "There is no integration or authentication with Aadhaar"

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

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). It further explained that the prompt to enter name as per the Aadhaar card was merely to make it easier to help people find each other on Facebook. The goal, apparently, was to "help new users understand how to sign up to Facebook with their real name and connect with their friends and family".

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.

The similar testing was first spotted by users on Reddit and Twitter. "This is an optional prompt which we are testing, people are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card".

Facebook has ended its test feature which asked new users in India to enter their names as per Aadhaar, and clarified on Thursday that the feature was not mandatory.

Contrary to reports, Facebook isn't linking Aadhaar number with user accounts in India, the social media giant has clarified via a blog post.

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Recently, Facebook chose to demote posts that uses engagement bait to lure in users.

This doesn't really seem like a far-fetched idea as in 2016, Umang Bedi, then managing director of Facebook India had told the daily that Aadhaar, in the future, could be used in a lot of ways. This policy of the Facebook created uproar in the country. So, there is no way it can verify if you are using your real name.

The blog post ended by clearing all rumours, "The test ran with a small number of users in India and has now finished". But the attempt of using Aadhaar - which is now embroiled in its own privacy controversies - as an example to enhance real name usage on Facebook makes it stand out.

With this, Facebook says that it is planning to curb fake accounts from its website. Facebook, of course, wants you to use your real name, and this is just one way to encourage said use.


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