At only 10 years old, a Finnish boy found a flaw in the code of the multi-billion-dollar app Instagram. The bug allowed him to delete any comment on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network, even Justin Bieber’s comments.
After reporting the flaw and showing Facebook he could delete anyone else’s comments on a trial account, the boy was paid $10,000 through Facebook’s Bug Bounty program.
The boy, who has only been revealed as “Jani”, told the media that he learned basic coding and hacking skills from watching videos on YouTube, and that he would love to pursue a career in the industry in the future.
He also told Finnish newspaper Iltalehti that he wants to use his $10,000 reward to buy himself a new bicycle, a soccer ball, and computers for his two brothers.
Jani is the youngest ever recipient of a Facebook bug bounty, but he is not the only person to ever find an error in Facebook’s coding. Since Facebook’s Bug Bounty program launched in 2011, the program has awarded more than $4.3 million to over 800 researchers around the world.
In 2015 alone, Facebook paid out $936,000 in rewards to over 210 researchers, with the average payout being around $1,800, and the highest number of payouts going to researchers in India, Egypt, and Trinidad and Tobago.
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