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Facebook honours Kochi teenager with USD 500 for spotting memory bug on WhatsApp

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Jun 5, 2019, 1:05 pm IST
Updated : Jun 5, 2019, 1:07 pm IST

The social media company presented him a cash award of USD 500 and promised a spot for Ananthakrishna in the prestigious Hall of Fame.

Facebook examined the solution provided by the young student and after two months of observation, it decided to honour him for successfully rectifying the error. (Representational Image | File)
 Facebook examined the solution provided by the young student and after two months of observation, it decided to honour him for successfully rectifying the error. (Representational Image | File)

Kochi: Facebook has honoured a 19-year-old engineering student from Kerala for spotting a memory corruption bug on its messaging platform WhatsApp, reported IANS.

The student, KS Ananthakrishna, a BTech student at Pathanamthitta Mount Zion College of Engineering, detected a bug that enabled other people to completely remove files on WhatsApp without the knowledge of the user.

He had found the bug two months ago and informed Facebook officials.

Facebook examined the solution provided by the young student and after two months of observation, it decided to honour him for successfully rectifying the error.

The social media company presented him a cash award of USD 500 (approximately Rs 34,000) and also promised a spot for Ananthakrishna in the prestigious Hall of Fame.

Tags: facebook, hall of fame, whatsapp
Location: India, Kerala