Facebook and its sister website Instagram can pay tens of thousands of users willing to leave the applications. The program is part of a report they are undertaking ahead of the upcoming US elections.
Washington Post journalist Elizabeth Dwoskin shared the announcement on her official Twitter account. She shared screenshots of the report on Instagram.
Looking for volunteers
Facebook recently announced plans to initiate a study with the support of 17 independent academic experts. The firm wanted to “better understand the effect of Facebook and Instagram on core political perceptions and behaviours.”
The business essentially aims at learning how the platform’s impacts on politics.
“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,” a company spokesperson said.
The photographs released online by the journalist indicate a business poll. It questioned how many users are ready to be paid to deactivate from social media.
Expect Payment in Exchange for Deactivating
Based on the test, users would have to deactivate for either a week or six weeks. But they cannot not select which amount of time they may receive to deactivate. They will only know until the analysis begins.
Once the research starts, users have stop using the software for the whole duration they picked to deactivate. However, Facebook will pay them for how much?
The survey reveals that the participating participants will be charged monthly, depending on the duration.
For example, those who are selected and volunteered to deactivate for a week will receive $10. Those who are willing to suffer without Instagram or Facebook for longer will receive about $60.
The survey requires volunteers to verify how much they are likely to be paid. Users may receive $10 a week (payment ranges from $10 to $60). They could also receive $15 a week (price ranges from $15 to $90). Users may also have $20 a week (payment ranges between $20 and $120).
Users are still paid for taking a survey after the November 3 US elections. That’s regardless of how long they are selected to deactivate,
More details coming soon!
Those users selected to deactivate their account for the full length of the election will have to answer the question before reactivating.
Willing participants will deactivate the full specifics of the analysis later this month, including how long.
Facebook expects about 200,000 to 400,000 users to potentially come along, according to the news site.
Facebook spokeswoman Liz Bourgeois replied on Dwoskin’s tweet. She said that anybody who wishes to join, either by deactivating their Facebook or Instagram profiles or merely reacting to the question, would be paid. This is the standard in certain types of academic research.
The organization has said the findings of the analysis are not anticipated until “earliest mid-2021.”
Based on a Facebook campaign, the 2020 election report started sharing more details with scholars in 2018, at the heels of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.
But last fall, both BuzzFeed News and The New York Times reported that the partnership’s researchers had become dissatisfied with the delays in receiving data from Facebook. The research argued that the organization regularly supplied them with less than what they had demanded, citing data privacy issues.
“[Facebook has] definitely thrown major talent at the issue; but ultimately, the proof is in whether we ever get to eat the pudding,” David Lazer, a professor of political and computer science at Northeastern University who is now working on the 2020 election study, told BuzzFeed News at the time.