Facebook has fired or disciplined over two dozen employees and contractors over the last year who have been accused of improperly hijacking user accounts – in some cases for bribes, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter and documents were seen by the outlet.
In some cases, the suspects accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from outside hackers to hand over access to many Facebook and Instagram accounts. Here are a few excerpts from the article that you can read in the Wall Street Journal by going HERE
Some of those fired were contractors who worked as security guards stationed at Meta facilities and were given access to the Facebook parent’s internal mechanism for employees to help users having trouble with their accounts, according to the documents and people familiar with the matter.
Because so many people depend on social media for their businesses, or to manage critically important aspects of their lives, gaining illicit control of an account can be lucrative. Stolen Facebook and Instagram handles can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars on other online forums.
But in part because the Oops system is off limits to the vast majority of Facebook users, a cottage industry of intermediaries has developed who charge users money to regain control of their accounts. In interviews with the Journal, some of those third parties claim to have access to Meta employees to help reset accounts. -WSJ
So there you have it. Even if you practice good security and protect your account, a Facebook employee can bypass this and sell access to your account to the highest bidder.
In case you were considering permanently deleting your account, follow these steps:
- Click your profile picture in the top right of Facebook.
- Select Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.
- Click Your Facebook Information.
- Click Deactivation and Deletion.
- Choose Delete Account, then click Continue to account deletion.
- Click Delete Account, enter your password, and then click Continue.
All the very best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team