There has been a lot of controversy over the order of linking of Aadhaar number with Banking, Mobile and other services by Govt of India. After the govt services few online service providers like Amazon and Zoomcar has also asked their users for Aadhar numbers for specific services.
The largest social network in the world had run a small test to check a new feature to tackle the fake profiles. There was a prompt above name fields which says “Using the name on your Aadhar card makes easier for friends to recognize you”. This feature was in testing phase and only a handful of users got this message. However it was not mandatory yet. As Facebook was not asking for Aadhar Number.
Some media reports reported that facebook is asking for Aadhaar Number, which is not true. This was a small test which is over now.
“We want to make sure people can use the names they’re known by on Facebook, 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 we are testing, people are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card,” Facebook told in a statement.
Facebook has not asked for Aadhaar number or any other Aadhaar detail which wasn’t mandatory too. So there was no point of Aadhar Linking with Facebook account.
Facebook also clarified in a blog post that this move is to check fake profiles and not for collecting Aadhar data in any way. In the same post facebook told that this test ran with a small number of users in India. The test has now finished and currently they have no plans to roll this test out further. But it is not clear if Facebook will use it permanently and if eventually get access to Aadhaar detail and use the same for keeping check on fake profiles.