Facebook launches a data abuse bounty program – News


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Amidst all the news around social network Facebook’s CEO Mark Z. testifying before the US Senate comes the news that FB has launched a data abuse bounty program to ask its users to help it find companies using unauthorized data.

The network said it was willing to pay anything from US $500 to $40,000 for substantiated cases.
Only Facebook is included in the program at this time, not other platforms like Instagram.

In the scope of the program it has mentioned the following:

To be eligible for a reward the situation must involve:

  • More than 10,000 Facebook users.
  • Definitive abuse of data. Not just collection.
  • A case we were not already aware of or actively investigating.

Explicitly out of scope scenarios:

  • Scraping.
  • Malware or mass-scale tricking of users to install apps.
  • Scenarios where social engineering is a major component.
  • Non-Facebook cases (ex: Instagram).