Facebook to offer reward for reporting data abuse

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Social media platform, Facebook, will reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers.

The platform announced this, Tuesday, after launching the Data Abuse Bounty, targeted at rewarding any misuse.

Facebook said is committed to launching this programme as part of its efforts to quickly uncover potential abuse of people’s information.

The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by the existing bug bounty programme, which Facebook uses to uncover and address security issues, will help the company identify violations of its policies.

The Head, Product Security, Facebook, Collin Greene, said: “We’ll review all legitimate reports and respond as quickly as possible when we identify a credible threat to people’s information.

If we confirm data abuse, we will shut down the offending app and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary. We’ll pay the person who reported the issue, and we’ll also alert those we believe to be affected.”

According to Greene, this programme will reward people with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence.

“Just like the bug bounty programme, Facebook will reward based on the impact of each report. While there is no maximum, high impact bug reports have garnered as much as $40,000 for people who bring them to Facebook’s attention,” Greene informed.

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