Facebook has recently started to test the use of Aadhaar as an instance to inspire the new users in India to use their real names on its site. The new move is aimed at shortening the number of fake accounts on the social media platform that has over two hundred forty-one million users in the country, thus, making India the second largest market for Facebook after the US.
Facebook’s mobile site is also testing the name as per Aadhaar criteria when users create a new account. The testing was first and foremost spotted by users on Reddit and Twitter. Remarkably, everyone cannot see this prompt when creating a new account via the Facebook mobile site.
A Facebook spokesperson said that they want to make sure that people can use the names they are known by on Facebook and therefore can easily connect with friends and family and this is a small test where they will provide additional language when people sign up for an account. For example, it makes it easier for friends to recognize them if they use the name as per their Aadhaar card. This is an optional criterion, which they are testing. It is not mandatory for people to enter the name as per their Aadhaar card.
The official further confirmed that only a small percentage of users who access Facebook on mobile are at present seeing the prompt. The spokesperson further added that it is not mandatory to use the name as per Aadhaar. It is just a prompt for users. Facebook wants everyone to use one’s real name. It is to be noted that Facebook is only asking the users under its pilot program to sign up on its social network using the names as per Aadhaar and is not requesting to reveal any Aadhaar details.