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Social Media Whistle Blowing As Facebook Launches Data Abuse Bounty


FacebookAs part of its security measure to constantly enhance quality and trust in the system, Facebook, has launched its Data Abuse Bounty as a reward to people who report any misuse of data by app developers.

This is coming in the wake of data breach allegations leveled against the Social Media platform.

Facebook committed to launching this program a few weeks ago is part of its efforts to quickly uncover potential abuse of people’s information. The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by the existing bug bounty program which Facebook uses to uncover and address security issues, will help the company identify violations of its policies.

This program 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 program, 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.

Explaining the process, Head of 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.”

While soliciting information regarding data abuse on the platform, Facebook noted that the Data Abuse Bounty is the first of its kind which will enhance as Facebook learns and gets feedback from its users. It implored its users to visit the report portal on facebook.com/data-abuse.

Facebook had over the past weeks raised its security ante over recent privacy breach and incursion into politicking. Some of the actions taken by the platform include, creating privacy shortcuts, restricting App access, tight leash on Political & Issue Ads and instituting an Election Commission to conduct an independent of Facebook roles in elections.

Founded in 2004, Facebook states that its mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. The platform says it has over 2.07 billion monthly active users and 1.37 billion daily active users on average worldwide and 10 million daily users and 22 million monthly active users from Nigeria.

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