Currently, only a small percentage of people who use Facebook on mobile in the country are able to see this feature
The social media giant, however, is not asking new users to give their Aadhaar number but just the name as written on their Aadhaar cards.
“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”. A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday.
Currently, only a small percentage of people who use Facebook on mobile in the country are able to see this feature.
“This is an optional prompt which we are testing,” the spokesperson added.
The move is aimed at encouraging users to put their real names. As they enter the social network for the first time.
“We want to make sure people can use the names. They’re known by on Facebook. They can easily connect with friends and family,” Facebook said.
Facebook has over 217 million monthly active users in India and 212 million of them are active on smartphones.
It has 2.1 billion monthly active users globally.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India.
The Facebook test comes at a time when the government is asking. Citizens to link Aadhaar details with their digital lives.
The government recently extended until March 31, 2018. The deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, PAN, mobile numbers and several other schemes.