Tech companies are some of the biggest offenders of confusing legal disclaimers, with constant policy changes that their audiences can’t easily understand. I stumbled across a funny post that tries to decode Facebook’s legalese by translating “The Entire Facebook Terms Of Service in Bro Speak“.
Techcrunch posted an interesting article on this phenomenon, “Tech Companies, You’re Killing Yourself With Scary Legalese“.
“You always fear what you don’t understand. Tech companies need to wise up and end the cycle of pushing policy updates in confusing legal terms, watching press and users alike panic and threaten to jump ship, and then issuing an apology and clarification. The fact is that the outcry is always louder than the apology. People don’t get the memo, and you lose users or at least trust.”
The lessons are relevant to any marketers, tech or not. Lawyers are not always considered part of the marketing team. But the brand voice extends to the small print as well as the large print. Brands today are judged by both.
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