You can get paid to deactivate your Facebook or Instagram account at the end of this month
Facebook explains its plan by saying, “To continue to amplify all that is good for democracy on social media, and mitigate against that which is not, we need more objective, dispassionate, empirically grounded research.” Independent data scientists will handle the research and the results of the study won’t be released until next year.
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he will ban new political ads starting the week before election day in order to stop the spread of misinformation. Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin shared screenshots on Twitter showing that some Facebook and Instagram users have received a survey from Facebook asking them how much they would have to be paid to deactivate their accounts. The better understand the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes and behaviors during the US 2020 elections.”
This research won’t settle every debate about social media and democracy, but we hope and expect the researchers will advance society’s understanding of the intersection of technology and democracy. The answers will help us all to shape the rules of the road for the internet – for the benefit of our democracy, and society as a whole. That’s why today we are announcing a new research partnership to better understand the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes and behaviors during the US 2020 elections, building on the initiative we launched in 2018. It will examine the impact of how people interact with our products, including content shared in News Feed and across Instagram, and the role of features like content ranking systems.”
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