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Some Instagram users see 'Tomorrow is Election Day' reminder on Election Day

On Election Day, a subset of Instagram users woke up to a message at the top of their Instagram feeds that read, "Tomorrow is Election Day." For some, the message was still there by the early afternoon. Instagram chalked the outdated message up to a caching issue that caused some users to continue seeing Monday's election notification.


"While we turned off the 'Tomorrow is Election Day' notice last night, it was cached for a small group of people if their app hadn't been restarted," Instagram wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, responding to a number of users who had received the message. "It's resolving itself as people restart."

Instagram spokesperson Raki Wane declined to specify how many people had been affected, but according to their tweets, a number of reporters, including from The Verge and AdWeek, received the message. Protocol also received a screenshot from a friend asking, "Why has Instagram been telling me all day so far that *tomorrow* is Election Day?!?" That screenshot was taken around 1:45 p.m. ET. Shortly after, Wane told Protocol, "Everyone should be receiving the accurate information shortly, as well as a notification in their notification center with accurate details."

There's likely little Instagram could have done to force restarts on the app overnight. But the company could have anticipated caching delays and tinkered with the language in its notifications. The week of the election, Facebook prohibited any new political ads from running on the platform, forcing campaigns to get creative with text they could use to drive people out to vote on Election Day without being outdated.

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The CFPB said it has terminated a sandbox deal that gave earned wage access provider PayActiv “temporary safe harbor from liability” under key lending regulations.

The CFPB granted PayActiv “special regulatory treatment” in December 2020 to offer “earned wage access” products that would allow employees to obtain wages they already earned before payday.

PayActiv gets paid back through a payroll deduction from the employee’s next paycheck. The company makes money through fees.

The CFPB said it had informed PayActiv early this month that it was “considering terminating the approval order in light of certain public statements the company made wrongly suggesting a CFPB endorsement of its products.”

The company requested that the CFPB end the sandbox order after notifying the agency that it planned to modify its product fee model, the CFPB said.

The move underlined the CFPB’s increasingly critical view of sandbox deals that the agency said “proved to be ineffective.”

Safwan Shah, PayActiv’s founder and CEO, is credited with coining the term "earned wage access," which has been criticized by consumer advocates as being potentially predatory, especially when it comes to workers who don’t make much money.

Shah has argued that it benefits ordinary workers, citing a dieting principle: "The less you are paid, the more frequently you should be paid," he told Protocol in a 2021 interview. "If you're going to eat 500 calories, don't eat them in one sitting. Spread them throughout the day."

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of PayActiv's name. This story was updated June 30, 2022.

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