Something seems to be going on with Facebook and the elections because this is too much of a coincidence.

Facebook is actually paying people to get rid of their Facebook accounts. But I bet you'll never guess how what the end of this period is. Oh wait, you probably do know...after the election.

Apparently, this is part of a research effort to understand the way social media can be used to influence elections.

Facebook received a lot of criticism—mostly from the Left—for doing nothing to reign in misinformation campaigns supposedly used to influence the 2016 presidential election. Since then, Facebook has upped its efforts to police fake accounts and misinformation. Along the way, they’ve also been accused of suppressing conservative viewpoints (and some of their employees have been recorded bragging about just that).

In a blog post, announcing the research effort, Facebook wrote,

“To continue to amplify all that is good for democracy on social media, and mitigate against that which is not, we need more objective, dispassionate, empirically grounded research. We need to better understand whether social media makes us more polarized as a society, or if it largely reflects the divisions that already exist; if it helps people to become better informed about politics, or less; or if it affects people’s attitudes towards government and democracy, including whether and how they vote.

“That’s why today we are announcing a new research partnership to better understand the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes and behaviors during the US 2020 elections, building on the initiative we launched in 2018. 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.”

Interestingly, one arm of the effort apparently involves paying some users to temporarily deactivate their accounts. As Fox Business reports, “Facebook is paying some users to deactivate their accounts up to six weeks before the 2020 presidential election, according to screenshots from Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin.” The screenshots can be seen in Dwoskin’s tweet below.

I'd like to know if Facebook is targeting and specific groups and trying to influence the election.

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