Let’s just admit it, shall we? Social media can be exhausting. Even if you’re not one of those vaunted “influencers” we’re always hearing about, if you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok or any of the other platforms, you can sink into a rabbit hole at any given moment and lose part of your day checking up on the accounts you follow, posting replies and researching things that you find. This is particularly true for political junkies and doubly so in the final, heated weeks of an election. But what if you could just shut down and get away from it all? And better yet, what if you could be paid to stay off the platform by the very people who run it?
That’s the offer that’s forthcoming from Facebook in the near future. They will pay hard cash to certain people to log off of their Facebook accounts and remain logged off until after the election is concluded. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Read on. (NY Post)
It’s pay to not play.
Facebook is offering users money to refrain from using the site and Instagram in the weeks leading up to the bitterly contested November elections.
To assess the impact of social media on voting, the company will pay selected members up to $120 to deactivate their accounts beginning at the end of September.
“Anyone who chooses to opt-in – whether it’s completing surveys or deactivating FB or IG for a period of time – will be compensated,” Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois tweeted last week. “This is fairly standard for this type of academic research.”