By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:33 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 23:33 BST, 3 September 2020
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.
So Facebook is now going to pay people to deactivate their IG and FB accounts before Election Day. It’s part of the research experiment announced Monday but WOW. This notice went out this week. pic.twitter.com/tV7DAw8F5I— Elizabeth Dwoskin (@lizzadwoskin) September 3, 2020
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
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.'