A 10-year old boy has been given $10,000 by Facebook after he discovered a pretty big bug in the Instagram platform.
While the young man isn’t even old enough to have his own Instagram account, he discovered a flaw that allowed him to delete other people’s comments.
The young man from Helsinki, Finland, goes by the name “Jani.” He plans to use the money to buy a new bike and a soccer ball.
Facebook is one of a growing number of companies who offer “bounties” to programmers who find bugs that exploit their systems in any way. Bounties range from a few hundred dollars to thousands.
Facebook says the bug discovered by “Jani” was fixed in late February. Jani received his payment in March.
The Facebook bounty program has been in operation since 2011 and has paid out more than $4.3 million to 800 people around the world.
Facebook says it is actually fairly common for teenagers to submit bug reports to the company.
The social network is not the only company offering big rewards. Uber will pay $10,000 for critical issues and AT&T rewards range from $100 to $5,000.
Google offers anywhere from $100 to $20,000 for bug reports that turn out to be true.
So remember, the next time you find a bug at your favorite online platform, you might want to report it instead of sharing your discovery with the world.