Facebook has paid out over $40,000 in the past three weeks to white hat hackers as part of a bug bounty programme designed to reward security researchers who find flaws in the social networking service's code.
Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan explained in an update that one person has already received more than $7,000 for six different issues flagged, as the company looks to bolster its security reputation.
"At the end of the day, we feel great knowing that we've launched another strong effort to help provide a secure experience on Facebook," said Sullivan.
"A bug bounty programme is a great way to engage with the security research community, and an even better way to improve security across a complex technological environment."
The rewards start at $500 and have reached as much as $5,000 for a single report, Sullivan added.
However, some have argued that the programme should be extended to third-party applications and sites linked to the Facebook platform. Third-party apps in particular have frequently been highlighted as a security risk.
Sullivan pointed out that Facebook has an internal team tasked with checking such sites and apps.
"We have a dedicated Platform Operations team that scrutinises these partners, and we frequently audit their security and privacy practices. Additionally, we have built a number of back-end tools that help automatically detect and disable spammy or malicious applications," he said.
Big name tech firms are increasingly harnessing the power of independent researchers to make their platforms more secure.
Google has paid out hundreds of thousands in bounties for identified flaws, including as part of its Vulnerability Reward Program for Chrome begun in November 2010.
Microsoft, meanwhile, has offered $250,000 for information leading to the arrest of the team behind the Rustock botnet which was shut down earlier this year.
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