The US-based social media giant Facebook appears to plan to ask its users to link their Adhaar card to their Facebook account, in future.
After the screengrabs of the prompt went up on Twitter, as well as, Reddit, creating frenzy online, Facebook cleared the air and said that it was just a test and nothing was set in stone. We weren't able to reproduce the prompt. Users were not necessarily required to enter the same name as om their Aadhaar card, nor there is any integration or authentication with Aadhaar, Facebood said.
This tweet, we feel, succinctly sums up everyone's feelings towards Aadhaar and Facebook.
Even though Facebook did prompt a few users to key in their names as per their Aadhaar details, it did not ask for other information.
The new tools will proactively recognise when a blocked contact tries to send friend requests and messages to someone on Facebook through a new account.
"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. With the ever-increasing pool of internet users, the country is a major market for Facebook and will play a big role in the growth of the site. So, there is no way it can verify if you are using your real name. So my guess is by using the term the name as per your Aadhaar card, Facebook is trying to emphasise that is what it means by real name.
Facebook: Yes, Aadhaar Age Is Here!After a statement to Wccftech, the company has now published a blog post saying that it was just a test that was run on a small number of users in India.
An Amazon spokesperson clarified to Inc42 that only in case of lost packages or missing delivery, where a detailed check needs to be done, does the Amazon agent ask the customer to furnish an identity proof. These details include Aadhaar numbers, usernames and their father's name.
Facebook has clarified that its recent "Aadhaar prompt" was not meant to collect users' data. The move is aimed at encouraging users to put their real names as they enter the social network for the first time.