Facebook to Pay Users to Deactivate Before Election

It isn't often a company pays you not to use their product. But since this is 2020, nothing surprises us much.

Facebook will soon pay users to briefly deactivate their Facebook and/or Instagram accounts in the weeks leading up to the November election. The company is enlisting independent researchers to determine what impact the two social media apps have on democracy, if any.

Deactivation is purely voluntary and will invitation-only; a statement estimated participation between 200,000 and 400,000 users. If selected, compensation to temporarily deactivate would be between $10 and $20 per week, for one to six weeks, at the user's discretion.