Facebook highlighted for having toughest terms of service only college grads can understand / Digital Information World
With the number of active users on the major social media apps around the world today, you would probably expect them to view and agree to the terms of service that come with them.
However, this is certainly not the case for all, as a new report from All about cookies.
This took into consideration the top ten social media apps and reviewed the contents of their terms of service policies. And to many people’s surprise, it proved that Facebook had one of the toughest imaginable.
The researchers explained how only those with a university degree and above could understand what was written in the policy pages. And considering the fact that we have around 5 billion social media users worldwide, that’s certainly a little worrying.
Do people even read before signing up for the app? If so, how much do they really understand?
The news comes as Facebook recently updated its policy for users on July 26th and while they may think they’ve done a great job, well, that’s not what the rest of the world feels.
The updated document shows how much more complicated it is than many of us were used to seeing in the past. Did we mention that the document is only 900 words? And if you don’t have the understanding of a 16th grader, well, that’s a rude awakening because you won’t understand it.
Analysts say the average American has the reading ability of someone in the middle of seventh and eighth grade.
Luckily, three other social media apps made the list that didn’t require a college grad’s understanding. These have been highlighted to be YouTube, Snapchat and Reddit.
All About Cookies provided insight into how they rated the Hemingway Editor app. This was used to analyze the documents and check their readability status, as well as their length.
The huge Facebook document was over 6,000 words in total and also included some very complex sentences. The report also pointed out how there were some complex sentences extracted from these documents.
Well, you can read the document yourself by going to the Facebook website. Pay particular attention to the vocabulary used and the way things are written. It is certainly something difficult to digest for anyone who is only a teenager.
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