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The massive Facebook leak shows how investigative journalism is changing

It was an unusual Zoom call, with an unusual array of participants.

News outlets (the number involved eventually grew to 18) began publishing stories about Facebook's internal machinations based on Haugen's leaks, all of it orchestrated by a public relations firm led by Bill Burton, a former political operative for President Barack Obama. Foto: Kevin Dietsch/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

On one side was a former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower named Frances Haugen and her legal representatives. On the other were journalists from a dozen or so news organizations - normally professional rivals but in this case joined by a common interest.

The purpose of the virtual meetup on Oct. 9 was to discuss the terms under which Haugen would leak company records showing how Facebook ignored or barely addressed harmful practices documented by its employees...

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