Facebook Will Pay Users for Deactivating Accounts Before Election

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Facebook is paying some users to deactivate their accounts before the upcoming presidential election in exchange for payment. One can make up to $120 for taking part in the survey.

According to Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin, Facebook will pay people to deactivate their Facebook or Instagram (IG) accounts before Election Day 2020.

“Anyone who chooses to opt-in – whether it’s completing surveys or deactivating FB or IG for a period of time – will be compensated,” Bourgeois tweeted. Adding, “This is fairly standard for this type of academic research.”

The social media giant announced a partnership with 17 independent researchers looking to understand Facebook and Instagram’s political trends and behaviors.

A user’s account would be deactivated in late September for either one week or up to six weeks.

“To participate, you must be willing to deactivate your account for both timperiodsod and not use Instagram during that time. When the study starts, you’ll find out which time period you’ve been selected to deactivate your account for,” Dwoskin’s message reads.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company is working on strategies to fight false information — including banning new political ads the week before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Political campaigns can adjust how ads are targeted.

“As a company, we’ve looked hard at what went wrong with Russian interference in 2016 and made some big changes. There are now three times as many people working on safety and security issues, more than 35,000 in total, and we work closely with government and law enforcement,” the blog post states.

“That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest.”

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