Facebook Launches Data Abuse Bug Bounty Program So That You Won’t #DeleteFacebook

Facebook today launched a data abuse bug bounty program just hours ahead of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress in Washington, DC. The bug bounty program is asking for people to report any apps that abuse data on Facebook, and it offers a reward based on how severe the abuse is:

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, 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.

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.

Of course this is meant to stop you from becoming part of team #DeleteFacebook. The problem is that I have to wonder if anyone has any confidence in Facebook taking any report that is filed using this mechanism seriously? After all, data is their business and I am certain that they don’t want to interfere with that too much. Thus I think that despite this announcement, I am still on team #DeleteFacebook.

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