Facebook Confirms Aadhar Prompt Test for New Users

Facebook has started testing a new feature of Aadhar Prompt for a new user in India. It will require a real name on its site which is present on your Aadhar card. The latest move of Facebook will control the number of fake accounts on the media platform. It has over 241 million users in the country and also India the second largest market for Facebook after the US.


The Facebook’s mobile site is testing the ‘name as per Aadhaar’ prompt when a new user creates an account. Using the name which is similar to your Aadhar card makes it easier for friends to recognize you. The testing was first spotted by users on Reddit and Twitter. However, everyone can’t see this prompt while creating a new account via the mobile site.

The Facebook confirmed to Gadget 360 that, “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.”

A small percentage of users who access Facebook on their mobile are only seeing this prompt. As mention above, it is not mandatory to use the name as per your Aadhar. It just gives a prompt message to a new user. The company’s aim is to use your real name instead of fake name. As we know, India is one of the fastest growing markets for Facebook. Therefore Mark Zuckerberg allows the company to brings new features specifically for Indian users.

However, Facebook is only asking the users under its pilot programme to sign up on its social network. It only uses the name which is available on your Aadhar card and doesn’t request any other Aadhar details. The aim doesn’t raise the Aadhaar privacy issues and further risk. There is no official report on this development in an app. But the use of Aadhaar name involves its own privacy and it is the best option to overcome the fake accounts.