05/05/2016 2:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Facebook Rewards 10-Year-Old $10000 For Finding An Instagram Bug

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NEW YORK -- Social networking giant Facebook has paid USD 10,000 to a ten-year-old boy for spotting a bug in the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram.

The boy named Jani, who hails from Helsinki, received USD 10,000 from Facebook for identifying a security bug, the Verge quoted the Forbes as saying.

Jani uncovered a flaw, which allowed him to delete any written content on the social media platform by altering the code.

"I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber," the boy told the Finnish media.

Earlier in March, a Bengaluru-based hacker Anand Prakash was also awarded USD 15,000 (approximately Rs. 10 lakh) for finding a bug in the Facebook's login system.

Jani ousted a 13-year-old to become the youngest ever recipient of Facebook's bug bounty program, which offers rewards to the people who identify and report legitimate security risks.

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