April 10, 2018 11:31 am
Updated: April 10, 2018 10:49 pm

Facebook to reward users who flag data misuse, scams

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Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday it is launching a “data abuse” bounty program to reward people who report misuse of data by app developers.

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The announcement comes ahead of two days of congressional hearings starting on Tuesday, where Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will be asked how up to 87 million Facebook users’ data was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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The program will reward people with first-hand knowledge and evidence of a Facebook platform app collecting and transferring user data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence.

“Just like the bug bounty program, we 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 our attention,” a press release explained.

— With a file from Global News reporter Maham Abedi

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