11
Apr

The Facebook User Agreement as seen by the Algorithms

 

Yesterday Senator Kennedy from Louisiana slammed Facebook saying, “Your user agreement sucks!”

We analyzed it with our language compliance tool and collected some data for the software and legal experts out there. Not a big surprise, it does suck!

See below, it has lots of long sentences and passive voice and a readability score of US Grade Level 13. This suggests only someone with a college degree will understand it. More alarmingly, some of the content scores at US Grade Level 17, which means you will need to have a PhD. to get what it says!

Zuckerberg certainly looked like a geek in a suit with well-rehearsed answers, but the consensus is that he performed well. I thought it would be fun to analyse and compare the user agreement from Facebook with those of Twitter and Linkedin.

The results are fascinating. They all suck but Facebook is not the worst!

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