Facebook's new 'Data Abuse Bounty' pays members who report apps that misuse data



Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before a Senate committee hearing yesterday, and was able to show that these mostly older lawmakers have no idea what Facebook is and how it makes money. The executive appears before a House committee later today. Meanwhile, on Tuesday Facebook introduced a new 'Data Abuse Bounty' that will pay cash money to users who find apps on Facebook that collect and transfer "people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence."

While Facebook didn't reveal the cash bounty that users will receive for turning in the names of these apps, the social network has paid out as much as $40,000 for the bounty program it ran to find bugs. To qualify for the bounty payment, the following conditions must be adhered to:

  • (The app in question) must have more than 10,000 Facebook users.
  • (There must be a) definitive abuse of data. Not just collection.
  • (It must be) 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).


Facebook says that you must give the company a reasonable amount of time to investigate and act on an issue before going public with the information, or sharing it with others. The company stresses that you should not turn over information to them that you acquired illegally.


You can check out all of the terms of the "Data Abuse Bounty" by clicking on the sourcelink.


source: Facebook

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4 Comments

1. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Not good enough. When I deleted my Facebook account years ago, several sites still posted my Facebook data. CNN gave me instructions to remove my FB data, but since I deleted my Facebook account, it did not work. They were not alone.

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Suckyberg got lucky because nothing will happen, they will not punish him. The hearing was weak, these old people do not know how Facebook works, the questions were weak. Also some of these senators got donations form FB in the past!

3. e8ght

Posts: 27; Member since: May 25, 2013

so we'll just report the Facebook app then we get the bounty. no sweat!

4. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

This is stoops. What a sorry way to try to look good after messing up big time. Stoops.

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