Facebook to pay users to shut down their FB and Instagram accounts ahead of US Presidential Elections

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Facebook surveys users to find out how much they want to shut down their FB and Instagram accounts ahead of the November 2020 U.S. Presidential elections to curb political bias

Facebook has been at the loggerheads with both Republicans and Democrats with both accusing the social media networking giant of biased content. It has already been accused of siding with President Trump during the Twitter vs Trump war. While Republicans have accused it of pushing liberal and democrats related content and shadow-banning conservative views.

To counter these allegations, Facebook last week announced that it would partner with outside researchers to find out how its platform could impact the upcoming U.S. presidential election. “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. We need to better understand whether social media makes us more polarized as a society,” Facebook said in a blog post.

However, it is also conducting a separate survey among the United States-based Facebook and Instagram users asking them how much money they would take to disable their FB and IG accounts before the November 2020 elections. The survey being pushed on Facebook and Instagram US platform was first discovered by a Washington Post reporter named Elizabeth Dwoskin.

The survey asked the U.S. based users will deactivate their Facebook and Instagram accounts in lieu of monetary compensation for anywhere from one to six weeks. The survey also lists three payouts of $10, $15, and $20 per week for disabling the FB and IG accounts.

If Facebook does implement the results of the survey and starts paying the U.S. based Facebook and Instagram users, it can escape the criticism of bias from both right and left wings. If it can successfully avoid Facebook and Instagram platforms from being used for propaganda, this could become the new template for others like Twitter, Google to use in future elections.

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