Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Facebook denies linking Aadhaar with user account, clears rumours in blog post

Facebook isn’t gathering your Aadhaar data and has no plans to do so either Facebook isn’t gathering your Aadhaar data and has no plans to do so either
Mandy Jefferson | 29 December, 2017, 02:33

While this is not yet confirmed, there are reports of Facebook prompting new users to enter their names as per their Aadhaar Card. The social media giant's product manager, Taichi Hoshino has explained in a blog post that the "small" test, which now has now finished, included "additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognize them".

The test, limited to only mobile sites of the platform, prompted new users to use "name as per Aadhaar card" to make it "easier for friends to recognise you". Facebook says that "it is not mandatory to use the name as per Aadhaar, just a prompt for users". When a DNA correspondent tried to create a new account, he wasn't given the Aadhaar prompt.

It said, "We want to make sure people can use the names they're known by on Facebook, and can easily connect with friends and family".

According to reports, currently, only a small percentage of people, using Facebook on mobile are able to see this feature.

This is what Facebook’s test looked like compared to its usual sign up page
This is what Facebook’s test looked like compared to its usual sign up page

It is worth noting that this is just a pilot programme to sign up on Facebook using the names that are available on their Aadhaar cards. "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. Though there is no confirmation regarding the same, this points out that Facebook could be testing Aadhaar integration in order to curb the menace of fake profiles that is becoming a major concern and put an end to online harassment.

Experts highlighted privacy risks of sharing Aadhaar information. In April 2017, the Aadhaar details of 1.4 Mn registered users were made public on the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security. Further, besides the name, no other private details are asked from the customer. The reason is that UID is an easy way to verify one's account on Twitter and Facebook.

Having said that, we need to wait for an official confirmation from Facebook regarding the Aadhaar card linking with the social media accounts.

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