But, unperturbed by these developments, Facebook has asking news users to use the details as per their Aadhaar card. The prompt, first noticed by a Reddit user has been confirmed by Facebook, which, however, said that it is not mandatory and is only a move to curb rising number of fake accounts.
While the news of Facebook asking for name as on Aadhaar has kicked up controversy in India, it is not a new feature. Fortunately, that is not what's happening here. 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.
India is the second largest country on Facebook.
Facebook has started testing use of Aadhaar as an example to encourage new users in India to use their real names on its site.More news: Erica Garner suffering from 'major brain damage' after going into cardiac arrest
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.
"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". Previously, it used to suggest users to use the real name. A few weeks ago, online retailer Amazon had asked customers to upload their Aadhaar numbers to track lost packages.
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.
Experts highlighted privacy risks of sharing Aadhaar information.
Having said that, we need to wait for an official confirmation from Facebook regarding the Aadhaar card linking with the social media accounts. Are there any plans make the Aadhaar card the only permissible ID verification document in the near future? The reason is that UID is an easy way to verify one's account on Twitter and Facebook.