HOW FACEBOOK IS TAKING OVER JOURNALISM WITH $1.6 BILLION SECRET DEALS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

HOW FACEBOOK IS TAKING OVER JOURNALISM WITH $1.6 BILLION SECRET DEALS

There aren’t many companies that can say they’ve poured hundreds of millions into journalism in the last few years. Facebook has — $600 million over since 2018 — and it is promising another $1 billion in the next three years.

Yet when surveying those around the journalism and media world, the jury is still out on whether and how much Facebook’s funding is helping its stakeholders — or merely buying good PR.

A Wrap inquiry into the details of the $600 million found that many of those dollars are hard to track, except in the most general terms. When broken down into the main categories mostly based in the U.S., TheWrap could only specifically verify the expenditure of roughly $122 million — barely one-quarter of the pledged sum — begging the question: Where is the money going?

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