Facebook trial asks people to delete their accounts for $20 (www.independent.co.uk)

Social media giant says it aims ‘to amplify all that is good for democracy, and mitigate against that which is not’

Facebook is paying users to deactivate their accounts ahead of the US election in a attempt to stop the spread of misinformation and protect democracy.

Screenshots posted by Elizabeth Dwoskin, a technology correspondent for the Washington Post, show that the social media company is offering users a range of payment plans to deactivate their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

“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,” she tweeted.

The screenshots posted by Dwoskin show an Instagram survey, telling users that their account would be deactivated in late September for either one or six weeks.

Users can receive between $10 and $20 per week for deactivating their accounts.

“Please note, your responses below are for research purposes only,” the survey says. “[It will] not affect how much you are offered.”

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the test on Twitter.

“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 Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois in a tweet.

“This is fairly standard for this type of academic research…

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