Facebook will pay users to deactivate accounts weeks ahead of the US ...

Facebook will pay users to deactivate accounts weeks ahead of the US presidential election in a bid to understand how social media impacts democracy Facebook is working with researchers  to study its impact on elections The firm is set to conduct surveys and tests with its members The recent study asks users to deactivate accounts for one or six weeks However, the firm will also pay users anywhere from $10 to $20 per week 

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:33 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 23:33 BST, 3 September 2020

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Facebook is studying the impact of social media on democracy and as a part of its investigation, the social media giant will pay users to deactivate accounts head of the 2020 election.

Washington Post reporter

posted screen shots of a notice from the firm, asking what it would cost to close her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

The survey states the account would go dark starting late September for one or six weeks and to participate, users must not access the platforms during that time.

The second portion of the note prompts users to select a pay rate, starting at $10 per week to $20 per week.

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Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin posted screen shots of a notice from the firm, asking what it would cost to close her Instagram and Facebook accounts. The survey states the account would go dark starting late September for one or six weeks and to participate, users must not use the platform during that time

Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin posted screen shots of a notice from the firm, asking what it would cost to close her Instagram and Facebook accounts. The survey states the account would go dark starting late September for one or six weeks and to participate, users must not use the platform during that time

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the company would be paying users who complete surveys or deactivate as part of its research in a tweet Thursday.

'Anyone who chooses to opt in – whether it's completing surveys or deactivating FB or IG for a period of time – will be compensated,' Liz Bourgeous, a Facebook spokesperson, wrote.

'This is fairly standard for this type of academic research.'

The note

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