Facebook has operated a bug bounty program in which external security researchers help improve the security and privacy of the social network’s products and systems since 2011 and so far this year, the company has paid out over $1.98m to researchers from more than 50 countries.

Since its inception, more than 50,000 researchers have joined the program and around 1,500 researchers from 107 countries have been awarded a bounty. However, many of the researchers have since joined Facebook’s security and engineering teams to continue protecting the company’s platform.



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