With election season in full swing, Facebook may need a helping hand or two when it comes to third-party apps. For that reason, it has established a bounty program for aspiring software bug hunters.
With the Cambridge Analytica scandal still seething, Facebook is turning to its members to spot potential misuse of user data in third-party apps. For the time being, all efforts are focussed on access tokens. These are the tokens that handle the information users share when they log in to apps using their Facebook credentials.
While most users decide which data such apps may collect, several cases of misuse have been recorded, and millions of apps are still using Facebook Login. It goes without saying that user data could potentially be exposed to thousands of bad actors.
For each data vulnerability users spot and declare, a $500 check will be issued. The greater the vulnerability, the higher the check, and there are no formal announcements on any cap to the amounts Facebook is willing to pay. If a researcher spots a vulnerability and wants to donate the said amount to charity, Facebook will double up the amount.
Once Facebook’s team confirms an issue, they will contact the apps team to fix it and, until the issue has been resolved, the app will be suspended from the platform.
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