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Facebook is going to pay people to deactivate their accounts around the election

How much would it take for you to deactivate your Facebook account for a few weeks??

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed in the tweet that the company will be paying users who complete surveys or deactivate as part of its research. This comes after Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin posted screen shots of a notice from Facebook that asked her what pay she’d accept to close her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

The survey says the accounts would have to go dark beginning in late September for one to six weeks, and asks if the user would be willing to accept $10 per week, $15 per week, or $20 per week.  So, you could get up to $120 if they ask you to be part of this.

Facebook expects between 200,00 and 400,000 users will choose to be involved in the study.  They say the research will be conducted by an outside team of experts who are looking into how social media products may impact voting.