Terms of Service
The company should offer terms of service that are easy to find and easy to understand.
A company’s terms of service outline the relationship between the user and the company. The terms contain rules for what activities and content users are permitted to engage in and share on a company’s services, as such these terms directly impact if and how users can exercise their freedom of expression rights. Companies can also take action against users for violating the conditions described in the terms. Given this, we expect companies to ensure that users can easily locate these terms and understand what they mean.
We expect a company to take steps to help users understand the information presented in their documents. This includes, but is not limited to, providing summaries, tips, or guidance that explain what the terms mean, using section headers, readable font size, or other graphic features to help users understand the document, or writing the terms using readable syntax.
This indicator includes a review of other documents such as “community guidelines” or service-specific rules that further explain to users what the terms mean.
Note: Privacy policies are not included in this indicator since they are covered in separate indicators in the “Privacy” section.
Easy to understand / understandable manner – The company has taken steps to help users actually understand the Terms of Service. This includes, but is not limited to, providing summaries, tips, or guidance that explain what the terms mean, using section headers, readable font size, or other graphic features to help users understand the document, or writing the terms using readable syntax.
Company acceptable use policy, community guidelines, rules, etc.