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History and Growth of HuffPost: – Founded on May 9, 2005, by Arianna Huffington, Andrew Breitbart, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti. – Initially launched as […]

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History and Growth of HuffPost:
– Founded on May 9, 2005, by Arianna Huffington, Andrew Breitbart, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti.
– Initially launched as a commentary outlet and alternative to news aggregators.
– Early strategies included SEO-focused stories and headlines.
– Received $5 million in funding in August 2006 and $25 million in December 2008.
– AOL acquired The Huffington Post for $315 million in March 2011.
– Expanded with local editions like HuffPost Chicago, New York, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
– Launched international editions in Canada, UK, France, Spain, Japan, and others.

Ownership Changes and Acquisitions:
– Acquired by AOL in March 2011 for $315 million.
– Verizon acquired AOL in June 2015 for $4.4 billion, including The Huffington Post.
– BuzzFeed acquired The Huffington Post in November 2020.
– Layoffs occurred post-acquisition by BuzzFeed.
– HuffPost India shut down in November 2020 due to ownership regulations.

Leadership, Financials, and Legal Issues:
– Various key figures like Eric Hippeau and Lydia Polgreen led HuffPost.
– Valuation reached $100 million in December 2008.
– Received significant funding for expansion and new initiatives.
– Legal issues included a lawsuit by Jonathan Tasini and controversies over unpaid bloggers.
– Policy shifts under different leadership, including the end of unpaid contributions in 2018.

International Expansion and Partnerships:
– Expanded into various regions like Canada, UK, Brazil, India, and more.
– Launched language-specific editions like Le Huffington Post and El Huffington Post.
– Ended partnerships with Media24 in South Africa.
– Planned launches like an Arabic-language edition.

Controversies, Criticisms, and Political Engagement:
– Faced criticism for editorial decisions like publishing stories praising Jeffrey Epstein.
– Known for its mostly progressive, liberal-leaning stance.
– Recognized with awards like Webby Awards and Peabody Awards.
– Impact on media coverage and recognition in journalism and blogging circles.
– Notable contributors include Barack Obama, Deepak Chopra, and Diane Ravitch.

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