This is going to shock you, but I am headed to an airport. The good news is it won't keep me out of your inbox. That said, I'm flying cross-country with a 6-year-old, so wish me luck.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook critics, and outside experts have agreed on one thing over the past year: The social network of 2-billion-plus users is too big for one corporation to govern.
Now Facebook is beginning to zero in on a detailed set of rules for a global mechanism to oversee who gets to say what on its platform, Axios' Scott Rosenberg writes.
The big picture: Last April, Zuckerberg first publicly floated the concept of a content moderation review board that would be "almost like a Supreme Court." In November, he committed to the project, and Facebook recently posted a "draft charter" for the body.
Why it matters: This could be a constitutional moment for the social network, in which Facebook voluntarily hands over a portion of its considerable power to an independent body.
Between the lines: As a new paper this week by legal scholars Thomas Kadri and Kate Klonick puts it, "Facebook is in the midst of its own kind of Constitutional Convention that could fundamentally alter its nature and the way it governs online speech."
How it works: The draft charter sketches a body with up to 40 "global experts," originally selected by Facebook, paid part-time by the company or by an independent body that it funds.
Where it stands: Facebook says it currently has at least 15,000 people working on moderating content around the world, who apply a set of community standards using rulebooks of hundreds of pages. They often...
It can be a grueling job, even with automated flagging tools and rudimentary AI-driven systems.
Yes, but: Government-by-constitution is hard. Building a framework for a new kind of online legal system is likely to be slow and conflict-ridden.
Flashback: Facebook tried a short-lived experiment in letting users vote on platform policy beginning in 2009, but gave it up when too few users participated in what many saw as a burden rather than a privilege.
Go deeper: Scott has more here.
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Last year, people in search of true love were scammed out of $143 million — making love the new, most lucrative target for consumer fraud, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission.
The big picture: Just 3 years before, there were fewer than 9,000 romance scam reports with a total loss of $33 million, Axios' Stef Kight reports. But as online dating has become common place and socially acceptable, the number of reports of romance scams more than doubled to 21,000 reports in 2018.
Older people who are now beginning to date online are the most susceptible to scammers who often create fake profiles on dating apps, sites or social media platforms.
My thought bubble: Happy Valentine's Day.
Be smart: Don't send money to anyone you haven't met in person — no matter how in love with them you might be.
Go deeper: Read Axios' special report on the Future of Dating.
When the Equifax breach was first disclosed back in September 2017, a lot of people were waiting for all kinds of identity theft. So far, though, that hasn't happened.
The data has yet to show up anywhere on the so-called dark web where stolen data usually appears. That has added to suspicions that a nation-state, rather than individuals seeking profit, may have been behind the attack, per CNBC.
Our thought bubble, per Axios cybersecurity reporter Joe Uchill: This isn't the first time this theory has surfaced — in fact, many people assumed this was the case right away, with new converts over the past 2 years.
The global esports market is expected to surpass $1 billion this year — a 27% increase from last year — thanks to the explosive growth of brand sponsorships and media rights, according to the latest forecast from esports data company Newzoo.
Read more: The full story by Axios' Sara Fischer is here.
Ford has developed a mattress with a system for keeping bed hoggers in their proper "lane." I know someone who would want this. I'm not naming names but they sleep at the other end of my bed (the very edge of it).