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>>...Since 2019, we distributed over $16.8 million to local media companies in North America through a variety of initiatives funded by Facebook/Meta...<<

Paying off newspapers for favorable coverage, either explicitly, through quid-pro-quo support, or implicitly, by becoming media's benefactor, is not new, nor is it ever in the public interest. While those connected to the Facebook Journalism Project team may not perceive themselves as such, they are compromised. If the news business is to be sustainable, it must be sustainable by its own resources, not through corporate or government hand-outs.

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