EXPLAINER: Just what are ‘The Facebook Papers,’ anyway?

The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press.

Associated Press

Oct 25, 2021, 5:10 PM

Updated 909 days ago

Share:

EXPLAINER: Just what are ‘The Facebook Papers,’ anyway?
The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.
A separate consortium of European news outlets had access to the same set of documents, and members of both groups began publishing content related to their analysis of the materials at 7 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 25. That date and time was set by the partner news organizations to give everyone in the consortium an opportunity to fully analyze the documents, report out relevant details, and to give Facebook’s public relations staff ample time to respond to questions and inquiries raised by that reporting.
Each member of the consortium pursued its own independent reporting on the document contents and their significance. Every member also had the opportunity to attend group briefings to gain information and context about the documents.
The launch of The Facebook Papers project follows similar reporting by The Wall Street Journal, sourced from the same documents, as well as Haugen’s appearance on the CBS television show “60 Minutes” and her Oct. 5 Capitol Hill testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee.
The papers themselves are redacted versions of disclosures that Haugen has made over several months to the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging Facebook was prioritizing profits over safety and hiding its own research from investors and the public.
These complaints cover a range of topics, from its efforts to continue growing its audience, to how its platforms might harm children, to its alleged role in inciting political violence. The same redacted versions of those filings are being provided to members of Congress as part of its investigation. And that process continues as Haugen’s legal team goes through the process of redacting the SEC filings by removing the names of Facebook users and lower-level employees and turns them over to Congress.
The Facebook Papers consortium will continue to report on these documents as more become available in the coming days and weeks.
“AP regularly teams up with other news organizations to bring important journalism to the world,” said Julie Pace, senior vice president and executive editor. “The Facebook Papers project is in keeping with that mission. In all collaborations, AP maintains its editorial independence.”


More from News 12
2:27
Amityville schools to receive $2 million from new state budget to help reduce budget deficit, save jobs

Amityville schools to receive $2 million from new state budget to help reduce budget deficit, save jobs

2:07
Sun returns today with highs in the 60s

Sun returns today with highs in the 60s

0:17
Man wanted for stealing $1,000 in merchandise from Centereach store

Man wanted for stealing $1,000 in merchandise from Centereach store

2:34
It’s Earth Day! Find out how United Way is celebrating.

It’s Earth Day! Find out how United Way is celebrating.

0:27
Drivers beware: Closures on the LIE this week due to bridge cleaning

Drivers beware: Closures on the LIE this week due to bridge cleaning

1:30
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Brookhaven Animal Shelter on April 22

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Brookhaven Animal Shelter on April 22

Is your mom awesome? Long Island tell us why your Mom Rocks!

Is your mom awesome? Long Island tell us why your Mom Rocks!

0:43
Police: Illegal guns found inside Old Bethpage home; couple charged with criminal weapons possession

Police: Illegal guns found inside Old Bethpage home; couple charged with criminal weapons possession

0:21
Fire razes Mount Sinai home

Fire razes Mount Sinai home

0:48
Nonprofit environmental group hosts discussion on climate change at Jones Beach event

Nonprofit environmental group hosts discussion on climate change at Jones Beach event

0:24
Prosecutors: Bellport man pleads guilty to hit-and-run that seriously injured pedestrian

Prosecutors: Bellport man pleads guilty to hit-and-run that seriously injured pedestrian

1:08
Oldest Men’s Senior Baseball League player honors surgeon who saved his career

Oldest Men’s Senior Baseball League player honors surgeon who saved his career

Matt Rempe and Rangers’ fourth line comes up big in Game 1

Matt Rempe and Rangers’ fourth line comes up big in Game 1

1:17
Annual ‘Spring Dust Off’ car show to take place in Point Lookout

Annual ‘Spring Dust Off’ car show to take place in Point Lookout

1:56
Authorities: Nassau County police officer attacked by 2 men, pit bull in East Rockaway

Authorities: Nassau County police officer attacked by 2 men, pit bull in East Rockaway

0:36
Southampton police: Man arrested in Riverside machete attack that injured 24-year-old

Southampton police: Man arrested in Riverside machete attack that injured 24-year-old

1:10
Lawmakers in Albany pass $237 billion state budget, restore school funding

Lawmakers in Albany pass $237 billion state budget, restore school funding

0:28
Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

Andersen, Noesen help Hurricanes push past Islanders 3-1 to open 1st-round NHL playoff series

Andersen, Noesen help Hurricanes push past Islanders 3-1 to open 1st-round NHL playoff series