Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Facebook Clarifies that Users Are Not Supposed to Link Aadhar Card

Facebook Clarifies that Users Are Not Supposed to Link Aadhar Card

We all get calls asking to get our Aadhaar cards linked with mobile phone number, bank account or PAN card.

As per a report in the Gadgets360, the new test feature which is not mandatory asks new users signing up for an account by giving their original name. However, the prompt was merely additional text and entirely optional.

The irony of Facebook considering its userbase incapable of entering their own names without referring to their Aadhaar cards notwithstanding, the blog post still doesn't explain the sudden change in Facebook's official lexicon in the context of ID verification.

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This tweet, we feel, succinctly sums up everyone's feelings towards Aadhaar and Facebook.

Apparently, Facebook is testing a new feature in India wherein it is encouraging new users to enter their names as per their Aadhaar card.

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. "People were not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card, and there is no integration or authentication with Aadhaar", Facebook says. This policy of the Facebook created uproar in the country.

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Recently, Facebook chose to demote posts that uses engagement bait to lure in users. So, there is no way it can verify if you are using your real name.

The US-based company said the test ran with a small number of users in India and has now concluded.

Data privacy has become a hot topic of discussion in the country, especially after so many breaches have come to light especially in case of Aadhaar.

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Once again it has been reiterated that it is not mandatory to feed the Aadhaar name in the prompt. Similarly, in August 2017, a Punjab government entity published the details of 20,100 citizens on its official website. Last month, in order to secure digital transactions and address data privacy issues, the government released a white paper on the data protection framework. The move by Facebook is being seen as part of the company's efforts to check the increasing number of fake accounts on the platform. Facebook, of course, wants you to use your real name, and this is just one way to encourage said use.

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