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2017.02.16 UK Children’s Commissioner drafts Instagram terms of service for children
The UK Children’s Commissioner has released a rewritten version of Instagram’s Terms of Use that is aimed at children. In the UK, Instagram is overwhelmingly popular among children aged 13 or younger. It is said that more than half of children aged 12-15 and 43% of those aged 8-11 are using Instagram.

The Children’s Commissioner saw the problem in that the terms of service is set in the service provider’s favor, but children were using the service without fully understanding the terms. As a sample exercise, the Children’s Commissioner engaged a law firm to translate Instagram’s Terms of Use into plain English that was easier for children to understand.

The Children’s Commissioner states that a large part of Instagram’s Terms of Use were written such that only those with higher education could be expected to understand them. In addition, the lengthy document (5000 words in Instagram’s case) meant that not only children but many adults did not feel like reading them at all.

There is no similar move towards simplifying terms of service in Japan at the moment.
Although rewriting confusing expressions into plain language does not involve translation from one language to another, this effort may resonate with translators who also ‘rewrite’ text to make it understandable to other readers.

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