Yesterday, Senator Kennedy from Louisiana slammed Facebook saying, “Your user agreement sucks!” We analyzed it with our plain language tool. We collected some data for the software and legal experts out there. Not a big surprise, it does suck!
It has lots of long sentences, 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. This 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 use our plain language tool analyze 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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