Instagram data abuse program

One of the most important things social media needs to provide is security. No one would really like to have their privacy violated. So, what do big companies such as Facebook or Instagram do for us to feel safe using their platforms? 

Can we be certain that our personal information will remain ours? Well, we would like to answer that with a simple yes. But, the truth is that things are a little more complicated. You see, neither Facebook or Instagram have power over all the apps or entities that they do business with. 

So, there’s always a chance for another Cambridge Analytica scandal to happen. Evidently, Facebook doesn’t want that. So, they implemented a data abuse bounty program designed to prevent massive leaks of their users’ information.

Moreover, this bounty program has also been added to Instagram. Want to learn more? We’ll tell you everything you need to know in the text below. 

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Instagram Data Abuse Bounty Program

So, here’s what you need to know. The Instagram data abuse bounty program is actually an extension to the Facebook data abuse bounty program. You see, after the Cambridge Analytica scandal happened, Facebook made its number one priority to win our trust back. 

In order to do so, they created a program that would reward any security researcher for reporting data abuse on the platform. In a sense, Facebook invested money to keep our information safe. 

Fortunately, the program worked and Facebook was able to stop lots of attacks on the site. Now the social media platform has decided to make Instagram the second site to have this bounty program.

And the best part is that it will start accepting reports about third-party apps that inappropriately store our data. (Fake likes, comments, and follower services are also on the list).

Instagram data abuse bounty
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Facebook implemented the data abuse bounty program back in April 2018. Since then, the company has received around 17,800 reports. Moreover, they have spent more than $1.1 million dollars rewarding security researchers for their efforts. 

On average Facebook has been paying $1,500 to people for helping them to keep the platform safe. But, in some cases, the company paid as much as $40,000 for reports that lead to identifying apps that seriously threatened the platform.


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