India is the second largest country on Facebook.
Facebook could just have easily asked people for their name as per their PAN card, driving license, electricity bill, or any of a dozen other forms of government-issued identification.
Now the new feature doing rounds we are not sure if Facebook plans to make the Aadhaar mandatory for its users. While this is not yet confirmed, there are reports of Facebook prompting new users to enter their names as per their Aadhaar Card. Sometimes when you ask people for a real name, people get confused as to what it means.
Recently Amazon was also in the news for the same reason when reports surfaced of Amazon's customer care agents asking its users to reveal their Aadhaar number as an identity proof to track lost packages. "Amazon continues to look for the most robust practices towards customer support and this process is only done in limited cases where a detailed check is needed for a missing or wrong delivery".
Experts highlighted privacy risks of sharing Aadhaar information.
After mobile numbers and bank accounts, the Adhaar verification seems to be making its way to social media platforms like Facebook. In April 2017, the Aadhaar details of 1.4 Mn registered users were made public on the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security.
Facebook is not the first private agency to ask for Aadhaar details. The reason is that UID is an easy way to verify one's account on Twitter and Facebook.