Facebook Pays 10-Year Boy $10,000 for Exposing Instagram Flaw

Facebook Pays 10-Year Boy $10,000 for Exposing Instagram Flaw

Facebook has paid a 10-year old boy from London $10,000 for exposing a bug in the photo-sharing platform, Instagram, making him the youngest person to receive a reward from Facebook.

The boy, identified only as “Jani” found a flaw on Instagram that allowed a user to delete other people’s comments. Facebook said the bug was fixed in late February and Jani received his payment in March.

Facebook has been running its “bug bounty program” since 2011, rewarding hackers when they report tech and security programs on any of their platforms. The program has paid out more than $4.3 million to over 800 people around the world. The size of the reward is determined by vulnerability found.

Juni told a Finnish newspaper that he would spend his reward on a bike and a soccer ball.

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