- The Magna Carta takes about 15 mins to read. Instagram, Apple, and Facebook’s privacy policies each take over 17 mins to read.
Here’s What Else We Found
- All but two privacy policies (Instagram and Twitter) require a 10th-grade reading comprehension level or higher. Ironically, most companies advertise their platforms as 13+, which is 2–3 years younger than someone in 10th grade.
Here’s How We Got Our Numbers
We used information from Word Counter Plus Plugin and WEBFX to obtain the word count and Flesch-Kincaid Reading ease and grade level standard for the following top tech companies and social media apps: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Microsoft, Netflix, Snapchat, TikTok, and Twitter.
From there, we used web pages, including goodreads.com and ushistory.org, to obtain the word count for the following documents, literary works, and speeches: The Articles of Confederation, Christopher Columbus’s discovery letter to Luis De Sant Angel, “Day of Infamy” speech, the Emancipation Proclamation, George Washington’s farewell address, John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inauguration Address, the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, Art of War, The Communist Manifesto, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the United States Constitution.
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