META pays Australian “independent” “fact-checkers” $40,000 per month

An agreement between META (Facebook) and RMIT University, obtained via a case information request, reveals that fact-checkers in Australia are paid $800 (USD) per “Fact-Check.” This payment structure is based on a strict monthly quota of 50 “Fact-Checks,” totalling $40,000 (USD) per month and allowing for a maximum earning capacity of $480,000 (USD) per year. Does this payment model imply that fact-checking is a profit-driven business with incentives to meet quotas?

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