Facebook is once again touting its attempt to solve a problem it helped create.

The company announced Monday that it would provide select researchers access to information about news deserts, which are places with little to no local news coverage. The research sharing is part of the Facebook Journalism Project, the company’s initiative to enable the spread of high quality journalism and news literacy on Facebook.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that the U.S. has lost more than 1,800 newspapers since 2004.

Local newsrooms have disappeared across the country in the face of lowered subscription and advertising revenue, corporate consolidation, and the rise of the tech giants. In 2017, Google and Facebook took half of all advertising revenue worldwide. They’re also expected to take 83 percent of every new dollar spent on advertising in the future. Facebook and Google’s growing piece of the advertising pie has meant less money for news organizations of all stripes.

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