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Good morning from NYC, where TV Upfronts (elaborate advertising presentations) and Digital Newfronts (digital publishers' version of Upfronts) are underway. It's also earnings season, WHCD week in DC, Social Media Week in NYC and the final stretch of the AT&T/Time Warner trial in DC. Bless you, Amtrak.
Details: While details around the hack are hazy, a photo of the models together suggests that the event was coordinated. Instagram says "there’s no indication that the account in question was compromised."
Why it matters: These accounts are often — by Instagram and the Federal Trade Commission's standards — considered to be commercial enterprises that are subject to the same advertising disclosure laws as real models.
The big picture: Accounts like these also have the ability to disrupt political discourse by taking advantage of the popularity around emerging trends to build an audience and then promoting certain political perspectives.
What's next: The lines are only going to continue to blur as technology becomes more sophisticated.
A member of the Justice Department's criminal division and a special agent with the FBI attended Rubicon Project's digital advertising conference, Executive Exchange, last Thursday to speak about the future of ad fraud and crime.
The big picture: While this was the first industry conference that they've attended, sources say it likely won't be the last.
Sources say the law enforcement officials poking around the conference weren't just there to share their understanding of threats to publishers and advertisers, but also to learn about how experts in the space create and market their services.
Why it matters: The Zuckerberg hearings two weeks ago shed light on the knowledge gap between regulators and industry leaders of emerging technologies. By having law enforcement officials attend industry gatherings and share insights, both parties are making real attempts to bridge that gap.
Screenshot: Axios Video
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tells Axios' Mike Allen and me that "arguably the most important" way Linkedin stays ahead of fake news and platform abuse is "manual curation and the role of editors."
Why it matters: Weiner suggests that fake news has been created, in part, as a result of companies moving away from vetting content.
Be smart: Other tech platforms that use editors include Snapchat, Apple News and Flipboard.
Go deeper: Weiner says LinkedIn can be seen as an economic graph that's “digitally mapping the global economy across six different pillars.”
Illustration: Caresse Haaser, Sarah Grillo / Axios
Facebook has published the internal guidelines it uses to make tough decisions on sensitive topics on its platform, including hate speech, child safety and terrorism.
Why it matters: It's Facebook's way of telling censorship critics that the tech giant is methodological and consistent about how it polices content on its platform.
Gut check: A bipartisan majority of Americans (58%) are resistant to action by the U.S. government that might also limit free speech but are more open to action from technology companies, a new Pew Research Center survey finds.
Flashback November 2017: What Russia probe? Tech companies hit record earnings
Facebook and Google continue to grow their ad businesses to record highs, but their collective percentage of ad growth is waning in comparison to smaller advertising businesses with a greater runway to grow.
AT&T is planning to roll out a $15 monthly skinny bundle called "AT&T Watch" that excludes sports, CEO Randall Stephenson said in court last week.
Why it matters: In the past, consumers were forced to pay for sports as part of their expensive pay-TV packages. Sports, as noted in the graphic above, are often the most expensive channels for cable and satellite providers to carry, and that bill is often passed off to consumers. In a streaming world, non-sports fans don't always have to pay for the expensive sports content they don't watch.
At the same time a bunch of sports-only skinny bundles are popping up for sports fanatics. Last week FuboTV, which originally launched as a sports streaming service (mostly for soccer) three years ago, announced it raised $75 million from AMC, 21st Century Fox and others. (It's since grown to expand to include more than just sports content.)
The House is soon expected to pass a landmark copyright legislation that brings together music streamers and record labels for the first time in over a decade.
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