Date
31 March 2017
Jani boasted that he could delete anyone's comments from Instagram, even Justin Bieber (inset)'s. Photo: Bloomberg, Facebook
Jani boasted that he could delete anyone's comments from Instagram, even Justin Bieber (inset)'s. Photo: Bloomberg, Facebook

Facebook pays US$10,000 to 10-year-old Instagram hacker

Social media giant Facebook Inc. has paid a US$10,000 reward to a Finnish boy for finding a glitch in Instagram, its picture-sharing app, Reuters reports.

Jani, 10, whose last name was not released for privacy reasons, is the youngest-ever recipient of Facebook’s “bug bounty”, paid to users who find bugs or weaknesses in its platforms.

“I wanted to see if Instagram’s comment field could stand malicious code. Turns out it couldn’t,” Jani told Finland’s Iltalehti newspaper.

Facebook said the glitch was fixed in February and the reward was paid in March.

Jani, who is still too young to have a Facebook or Instagram account of his own, said he learned coding from YouTube videos and found a way to delete user comments from Instagram accounts.

“I could have deleted anyone’s comments from there,” he told Iltalehti. “Even Justin Bieber’s.”

Jani said he was thinking about a career in data security, but for now his plans include buying a new bike and a football with his reward money.

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