Facebook will pay you to deactivate your account before the 2020 election

Cal Jeffrey

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In brief: Facebook wants to know if it has any influence over your voting selections. It is asking users to help conduct a study by answering surveys and deactivating their accounts at least a month before the upcoming election. It is even willing to pay you up to $20 per week to participate.

Facebook is going to pay users to log out of their Facebook and Instagram accounts in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election in November. The effort is part of an academic study on how much influence social media has on democratic elections.

The research will be conducted by "independent data scientists," and Facebook expects anywhere from 200,000 to 400,000 participants. Users opting-in to the study will receive up to $120 for deactivating their accounts starting at the end of September.

"Anyone who chooses to opt in – whether it's completing surveys or deactivating FB or IG for a period of time – will be compensated," said spokesperson Liz Bourgeois in a tweet last week. "This is fairly standard for this type of academic research."

Facebook initially announced the study initiative in late August, but it slipped under most people's radar until users began receiving invitations this week (above).

As for whether you will get selected or not, don't hold your breath. Facebook says, "Study samples will be designed to ensure that participants mirror the diversity of the US adult population, as well as users of Facebook and Instagram," meaning participants are going to be hand-selected. With only 400,000 picked out of a couple hundred million, chances of being one are relatively slim and subject to elimination based on demographic criteria.

The results of the study are expected to be published sometime in 2021.

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Q: How do people opt into the study?

A: Representative, scientific samples of people in the US will be selected and invited to participate in the study. Some potential participants will see a notice in Facebook or Instagram inviting them to take part in the study. Study samples will be designed to ensure that participants mirror the diversity of the US adult population, as well as users of Facebook and Instagram.
Damn it.


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Crap. I wouldn't be eligible for it. I've not logged into Facebook for nearly three years.


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I’m gonna keep sh*tposting right up till the new president is announced.

Facebook is looking for any excuse to shut down accounts.

Yahoo turned off article comments.

Social Media is a more toxic environment than a Nuclear Waste disposal
I shockingly find myself completely agreeing with you here.

Cal Jeffrey

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My account has been deactivated for years now, do I still get paid? XD
I was just telling a co-worker that I might be tempted to take the $120, deactivate my account, and never return. I only use it for posting articles anyways, so none of the typical reasons (censorship, selling my info, etc) have been motivation enough to delete my account. $120 is not a bad motivator though. lol


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Sure if they give me the option I'll take it, I vote straight Republican anyway nothing they say has any influence on me. I prefer freedom so I'll never vote for Democrat no matter how much they try to push me to do so.


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"Anyone who chooses to opt in" that should read Anyone who lives in the U.S that chooses to Opt In as I really doubt it's for anyone living anywhere else