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Facebook is paying some users to deactivate their accounts up to six weeks before the 2020 presidential election, according to screenshots from Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin.
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The effort is part of a new research project Facebook announced in an Aug. 31 blog post to "better understand the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes and behaviors during the U.S. 2020 elections."
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"We'd like to know how much you'd need to be paid in for deactivating your Instagram account…in late September for either [one] week or [six] weeks," an Instagram notice to users reads in a screenshot Dwoskin posted to Twitter. "To participate, you must be willing to deactivate your account for both time periods and not use Instagram during that time."
The screenshot shows survey answer options that include $10 per week, $15 per week and $20 per week.
The notice adds that participants who chose to deactivate their accounts for one to six weeks "will have the opportunity to take a survey after the [Nov. 3] election and be paid for doing so." Users will be asked to complete the survey before reactivating their accounts.
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Facebook did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox Business asking to confirm the effort.
The purpose of the initiative and subsequent survey is likely an attempt from the tech giant to determine how Facebook activity could impact or not impact voter decisions. As cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos pointed out in a reply to Dwoskin, the participants could act as a "control group for the researchers."