NEW DELHI: Facebook has
asked its new users to use their Aadhaar name for opening an account. A Facebook spokersperson told TOI ,
"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
recognise them. This is an optional prompt which we are testing, people are not
required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card."
Twitter user @digitaldutta on Tuesday posted
screenshots of the new sign up message carrying a reference to Aadhaar in
multiple languages. "Just what you need @facebook wants you to enter your
name as exactly in your #Aadhaar card," he had tweeted.
Facebook declined to answer queries regarding the possibility
of Aadhaar linkage in the future, and whether users in other countries are
similarly prompted to use their real names with specific reference to relevant
government IDs in the region. However, sources in the company said a small
percentage of Indian users who are signing up for the service on mobile can see
this message for now.
In 2016, then managing director of Facebook in
India, Umang Bedi, had told TOI that
Aadhaar may present "interesting use cases" in the future.
"...if a person has an identity on Facebook and has the ability to hook on
to a third-party framework for payments, it really is a seamless transition.
Today banks are allowing you to authenticate with an Aadhaar digital identity
instead of an ATM pin. That is a use case of Aadhaar to remove cash. Aadhaar is
just a secure identity. It's not linked. Facebook is a real identity of people.
But over time there could be interesting use cases that emerge," Bedi had
then told TOI. He has since left the company .