Facebook’s controversial move came into the limelight when the company encouraged new users to register their first and last names based on their Aadhaar card. Facebook’s new prompt was first spotted by a Reddit user, who posted a screenshot on the site. “Using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you,” it reads.
In a statement shared with indianexpress.com earlier, Facebook had said, “This is an optional prompt which we are testing, people are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card”. According to Facebook, the test has been concluded and it has no plans to roll this test out further.
India has been one the largest markets for Facebook globally, with over 241 million active users, compared to 240 million in the US.