Facebook wants Aadhaar Name for new Facebook Accounts in India

What does it mean if Facebook or any other Social network wants your Aadhaar Name for a New Sign-up or opening a new Account

If you’re planning to open a new Facebook Account, then Facebook may ask you to put your name as mentioned in your Aadhaar Card. The option is being shown to some new sing-ups only. It’s also NOT mandatory right now. That is, you can choose any other name as well (Nickname, Pseudonym etc.).

That apart, the social network is asking just for the name as mentioned on the Aadhaar Card. It’s NOT asking for your Aadhaar Number.

Should you put in Your Real name (as mentioned on Aadhaar Card) for opening new Facebook Account?


As said, the condition is Optional right now. That is, If don’t like, don’t mention your Real Name. Choose any name you want to use on Facebook.

What is the meaning of — “Facebook asking for your Aadhaar Name for opening a new Facebook Account” ?


According to the Social Network and other sources, the feature is being rolled out to nail down fake accounts and to provide Native language option to the New Facebook user. In addition, it also feels that it will help people to find the new user, and vice-versa.

On the other hand, the feature can be seen as one infringing on the new Facebook user’s privacy. Ever since Aadhaar Card with biometric data came into existence, various service providers are trying to get any piece of data. For instance, your your Aadhaar card name can be the first step towards the other details. Various service providers in private sector are keen at getting the Aadhaar data. This explains why your your telecom provider is continuously sending you SMSes to link your Aadhaar to your Mobile number, even after Supreme Court extending the linking deadline to March 31st 2018.

Facebook Aadhaar Name option and freedom of expression/speech


How does the Facebook Aadhaar feature weigh on the restriction of a person’s freedom of expression?

These numbers will help you determine that. The Indian government and law enforcement agencies had requested for data 9,853 times in the First half of 2017 – up from 6,324 times in the same period of 2016, according to a latest report by Facebook. This is a 56 percent increase.

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