Facebook is testing a new feature in India wherein it is encouraging new users to enter their names as per their Aadhaar card.
The move is aimed at encouraging users to put their real names on the social network, Hindustan Times reported.
Since it’s being tested with a small population in India, not all users may be able to see this. It is worth pointing out here that the Aadhaar-based sign up is not mandatory.
Facebook confirmed that it is indeed testing such feature.
“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 recognise them. This is an optional prompt which we are testing. People are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card,” said a Facebook spokesperson.
Note that Facebook isn’t asking for your Aadhaar number, but just the name as per your Aadhaar card.
The association with Aadhaar, however, is expected to raise several eyebrows. The biometric-based programme has drawn flak due to incidences of cyber crime, fraud and leak. It also has drawn the ire of opposition leaders for requiring it to be linked with various government welfare schemes as well as bank accounts and mobile numbers.
Earlier, several users on Reddit and Twitter posted messages about Facebook’s new feature. Some users, however, claim this feature was being tested since a longer time.
“FB actually does it for a long time now. India is new in this maybe. But they ask for photo ID like driver licence/passport/some others. They even ask for you to upload your real photo (by opening front camera) for verification (if your dp isn’t),” claimed a user on Reddit.