In newly-appointed efforts to crack down on platform abuse, centering around protecting user information, Facebook is today launching the Data Abuse Bounty. This initiative will reward individuals who report misuse of data by app developers.
“We committed to launching this program a few weeks ago as part of our efforts to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people’s information,” the company said in a statement. “The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by the existing bug bounty program that we use to uncover and address security issues, will help us identify violations of our policies.”
Those who can provide legitimate proof of applications attempting to collect and transfer user information to be sold or used for scams or political influence will be rewarded based on the impact of each report. Facebook notes that “high impact bug reports have garnered as much as $40,000 USD.”
“We’ll review all legitimate reports and respond as quickly as possible when we identify a credible threat to people’s information,” the company went on to add. “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.”
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