We are not Using Aadhaar Information, says Facebook

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A day after the reports about Facebook seeking Aadhar credentials from new users, the social networking giant said they are not using Aadhaar data. Facebook denied the reports suggesting the company is integrating Aadhaar data with user accounts. 

The company said it has no plans to integrate or authenticate using Aadhaar. Also it won’t ask users to link their account with Aadhaar.

“We are not collecting Aadhaar data and do not require people to enter their Aadhaar name when they sign up to Facebook,” stated the Facebook team in a blog.

The company said it just run a test to encourage new users to give their original name so that it helps in easy identification. However, the company clarified that it is not mandatory.

Facebook ran the test to identify and check the fake accounts on the site. Complaints regarding fake accounts have increased last year with a lot of cyberbullying instances.

Last week, new users came across a message that said “”using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognize you”.

However, Facebook said it was just an optional prompt message and mentioned in their blog that the test has been concluded.

The central government has made Aadhaar mandatory to avail different services and schemes. Now the 12-digit unique identification number must be linked with banks, PAN and mobile phone numbers.

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