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How to report invasive applications on Facebook and earn rewards | Social networks

This Tuesday (10th), Facebook launched the Data Abuse Bounty program, which promises to reward those who denounce application developers for the misuse of data. Inspired by the similar service to identify bugs and security problems, the idea is that the novelty helps to identify possible violations of social network policies, through an online form.

If an accusation is confirmed, the complainant will receive a fee of at least US $ 500 (about R $ 1,700). The value, however, can be much greater than that, varying according to the impact of each complaint.

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According to the social network, it is considered abuse when an application collects and transfers data from users to someone who can sell, steal or use them for scams or even political influence. According to Collin Greene, Product Safety Leader for the social network, all complaints will be investigated and measures will be taken as soon as possible if a threat to personal information is proven.

If we confirm the abuse of data, we will terminate the offending application and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary, "explains Greene." We will pay the person who reports the problem and we will also alert those we believe have been affected, complete.

Applications connected to Facebook Foto: Reproduo / Edivaldo Brito Applications connected to Facebook Foto: Reproduo / Edivaldo Brito

Applications connected to Facebook Foto: Reproduo / Edivaldo Brito

Facebook explains that complaints go through six stages. Just them:

  1. Identify the malicious app on the platform. It is important to point out that a program should not be reported only on the basis of speculation, but with real knowledge that an application developer is illegally passing on information to another company.
  2. Submit the complaint using the Data Abuse Bounty program form.
  3. Examine the prosecution for a potential investigation.
  4. Investigate if deletion is considered credible. In this step, Facebook will contact the whistleblower for more information and details.
  5. Apply the appropriate measure. This may mean removing the app, taking legal action or even forensic audio at the location of the company that sells or buys the data. The expected time for the complaint investigation process to be completed ranges from three to six months.
  6. Reward the whistleblower for helping to protect people's information. The minimum amount paid will be US $ 500 and there is no limit. However, to be rewarded, at least 10,000 Facebook users must have been affected by the problem. And, if more than one person reports the same case, only the first complainant will receive the award.

The complaint must be made to Facebook using an online form, available only in English.

Step 1. Logged into your Facebook account, access the Report an Instance of Data Abuse form.

Access the Facebook form to make a report Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho Access the Facebook form to make a report Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Access the Facebook form to make a report Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Step 2. In Your Name, fill in your full name. In the Application box, enter the name of the application that is misusing user data. J in Affected Users, indicate, more or less, the number of people who must have been affected by the reported program.

Fill in the form with the data requested by Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho Fill in the form with the data requested by Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Fill in the form with the data requested by Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 3. Now, in Descriptions, inform as much as possible what the developer of the denounced app is doing with the users' data (for example, selling to third parties) and what are their motivations.

Inform the details about the app to Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho Inform the details about the app to Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Inform the details about the app to Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 4. Finally, in Type of Data, tell us what information is being collected: name, email, likes, images, etc. Complete the process by clicking Submit. Remember, by doing this, you are agreeing to the terms of the Data Abuse Bounty program.

Complete the process of sending the complaint to Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho Complete the process of sending the complaint to Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Complete the process of sending the complaint to Facebook Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho