Facebook testing Aadhaar prompt for new users in India, Here’s what it means
Facebook has begun testing another prompt asking new users in India to sign up using their real name as mentioned on the Aadhaar card it clearly shows that Facebook testing Aadhaar prompt For Verification Purpose.
The move comes amidst the ongoing discussion whether Aadhaar should be made necessary for anything beyond mandatory services.
Facebook is experimenting a new “name as per Aadhaar” prompt when users create a new account on its mobile site.
The prompt peruses “What’s your name? Using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognize you.” The prompt of Facebook with Aadhaar card was first spotted by Reddit users and thus shared on Twitter.
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However, the prompt to use the real name as mentioned on Aadhaar cannot be seen by everyone. We were unable to repeat the prompt on our mobile connection routed within an Indian IP.
It looks like Facebook is A/B testing the prompt where visitors are served with two versions of its mobile site.
Facebook testing Aadhaar ‘verification’ What Facebook Stated About This:-
Facebook testing Aadhaar Verification Because Facebook says the new Aadhaar name prompt is aimed to control the number of false accounts on its online networking platform. Facebook has more than two billion active users however India is its biggest market with more than 241 million active users.
The social networking facebook says the move will assist users to sign up for their real identification.
Facebook testing Aadhaar verification what facebook stated about this is that Facebook Says “We want to make sure people can use the names and can easily connect with friends and family.
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.
This is an optional prompt which Facebook is testing”
The prompt is being seen by just a few users and it even appears that Facebook is reducing its far-reaching testing since it was spotted by Reddit users.
Facebook makes it clear that For now Facebook testing Aadhaar Verification Prompt and applying the name specified on Aadhaar is optional and the only purpose is to make sure that people sign up with their correct name.
The mobile site only demands users to sign up with their real name as seen on their Aadhaar ID and doesn’t ask for Aadhaar details.
The Silicon Valley giant is pointing away from Aadhaar privacy issues here but it is not clear what Facebook gets by particularly mentioning Aadhaar on its sign-up page.
Aadhaar was considered to be a unified ID for Indians that would aid in availing crucial benefits from the government.
However, it was not created to be used as a verification tool on social media platforms.
Facebook has not clarified whether it asked permission from the government or UIDAI before revealing Aadhaar prompt to a small set of users.