India, Nov. 20 -- Social media giant Facebook has awarded over $1.98 Mn to researchers from more than 107 countries for reporting bugs on the platform. India, Tunisia and the US were the top three countries based on the bounties awarded this year, the company has confirmed.

The amount has been awarded under Facebook's bug bounty programme, which rewards researchers and cybersecurity experts for finding vulnerabilities of the platform. The company aims to use this programme to make its platform more secure and less susceptible to threats. A number of these winners also joined Facebook's security and engineering teams.

"When we receive a valid report that requires a fix, we look not only at the report as it was submitted but at the underl...