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Facebook Highlighted For Having The Most Difficult Terms Of Service That Only College Graduates Can Comprehend

With the number of active users on leading social media apps around the world today, you’d probably expect them to glance over and agree to the terms of service that each comes with.

However, that’s definitely not the case for all, as highlighted in a new report by All about Cookies.

This took into consideration the top ten leading social media apps and went over what their terms of service policies contained. And to many people’s surprise, it proved that Facebook had one of the most difficult ones imaginable.

Researchers delineated how only those with a college graduate degree and above could comprehend what was written in the policy pages. And considering the fact that we’ve got around 5 billion social media users worldwide, that’s definitely a little concerning.

Are people even reading before signing up for the app? If yes, how much are they really understanding?

The news comes as Facebook recently updated its policy for users on July 26 and while they may be thinking that they’ve done a great job, well, that’s not what the rest of the world feels.

The updated document shows how it’s way more complicated than what many of us were accustomed to seeing in the past. Did we mention how the document is a mere 900 words long? And if you don’t have the comprehension of a 16th grader, well, that’s a rude awakening because you won’t understand it.

Analysts claim that the average American has the reading ability of someone that lies in the middle of seventh and eighth grade.

Thankfully, there were three other social media apps that made the list and didn’t require the comprehension of a college-level graduate. These were highlighted to be YouTube, Snapchat, and Reddit.

All About Cookies provided insight on how they gauged the Hemingway Editor application. This was used to analyze the documents and check for their readability status, as well as their length.

The huge document on Facebook was a total of 6,000 plus words and included some very complex sentences too. The report also highlighted how there were a few complex sentences extracted from such documents.

Well, you can take a read of the actual document yourself by turning to Facebook’s website. Be particularly mindful of the vocabulary being used and the way things are written. This is definitely some hard stuff to digest for anyone that’s just a teenager.


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