Facebook may soon ask you to link your account with your Aadhaar Card

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Facebook India has confirmed it has started asking for users' Aadhaar details if they want to create a new account. The social media giant was spotted asking Aadhaar details from a user, who then posted a screenshot of it on Reddit. In the screenshot Facebook is seen asking the user his/her first and last name, which should be same as the one on the user's Aadhaar card.

While the UID or the Aadhaar card is being linked to banks and mobile number, it does not sound far-fetched when talking about social media linking. This was first spotted by a Reddit user who wanted to Sign up on Facebook.




Mark Zuckerberg and co. says the firm has started asking these details to limited users as a part of a small test. Not all the users will see such a prompt while creating a new account. Also mentioned is that although the prompt asks for users to feed their name based on the Aadhaar card, it is not necessary for them to do so.
Since Aadhar card linking is becoming necessary for more and more services, there is a possibility of this coming to social media platforms also. Facebook is prompting new users to use the name as mentioned on their Aadhaar cards.
The prompt asking users to use the same name as their Aadhaar card is not showing all the time but appearing at random attempts, as reported by the users. Also, this is not a far-fetched conclusion to say that Facebook can use Aadhaar verification to get rid of fake profiles.

Former UIDAI Chairman. Mr. Nilekani had earlier stated, “UID can be an easy way for verifying one’s Twitter and Facebook account, this implies that anyone (not just celebrities) will be able to get verified accounts, with their UID credentials. It can similarly be used for other online accounts where one needs to verify his/her identity.”
Linking Aadhaar cards or any other identification proof to Facebook can yield good results. One of the key benefits will be the eradication of fake profiles from Facebook. Also, a blue badge from the social media platform could result in more credible profiles as they will be verified with a proper ID proof.


"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," said Facebook spokesperson.


It is worth adding that Facebook, for now, is only asking for the users' first and last name. It is not asking for any other Aadhaar details, eliminating privacy concerns. It is yet to be seen how Facebook plans to go ahead with this move.

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