Looking at last week’s on readability numbers the conclusion was that you need at least a university degree to understand what is said. Meanwhile teens and people who have not benefitted years of education are joining these platforms and accepting the terms without reading. Important to keep in mind that assume that your native language is ENGLISH! What about us foreigners trying to read these terms…
But it is not all doom and gloom. I also want to share some interesting facts I found when reading the ToS of the major social media platforms with you.
Most platforms require you to have a minimum age (13 in most – with parental approval till you are 18; LinkedIn requires 18). However, Twitter has NO age limitation.
All sites obviously have the necessary claims regarding copyrights, trademarks, etc. and wave all responsibility, of course.
Here are some other interesting facts I found:
- You must provide TRUE, ACCURATE, CURRENT and COMPLETE information -> A false identity can lead to termination.
- You may not impersonate any person or entity, nor misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.
- You can not use it for military, nuclear, and other weaponry.
- If you get sick using their product, you can not sue them
- You can not transfer your yahoo accounts
- Here too you must provide accurate and complete information
- You are not allowed to launch automated services onto the website
- You must not describe and assign keywords that are misleading of unlawful
- Your blog must be named correctly and not create illusion that is someone of something else.
- A competitor may not have an account
- You can only maintain ONE account
- LinkedIn does not have any obligation to verify the identity but you can not use a false identity
- You may not invite people to your network that you do not know
- Have a real headshot and not a cartoon or symbol
- Add content to fields in which is not appropriate (eg. Title field can not contain phone number or email).
- Not to set up pyramid schemes or use LinkedIn to manage these types of pyramid schemes
- When you die when using LinkedIn, you can not hold them liable
- You may not provide false personal information
- You can only have ONE profile
- You can not use Facebook if you are sax offender
- If you use Facebook from your mobile and the number changes you need to update within 48 hours.
- No pyramid schemes allowed
- No age limit
- You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.
- You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.
- You may not engage in name squatting
- You may not use the Twitter service for the purpose of spamming anyone (follow a large amount of people in a short time, repeatedly follow and unfollow people, your updates contain only links and no personal info, etc.)
So as you can see, reading these terms of service might not only prove interesting but also eye opening. You will notice that there is a lot of abuse of the ToS being tolerated by the social media platforms.
Have you discovered other interesting terms which I have missed? I look forward to hearing them from you.