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Entry from February 20, 2017
“What’s the biggest lie on the internet?"/"I have read and agree to the terms of use.”

There are many “big lies” that have been told over the internet. A popular joke is:

Q: What’s the biggest lie on the internet?
A: I have read and agree to the terms of use.


Few people actually do read the legalese that “terms of use” are written in. Computer users usually quickly click “yes” or “agree” to get started.

“The biggest lie ever: ‘I have read and agree to the terms of use’” was posted on Twitter by Claudia Sanabria on April 3, 2010.


Twitter
Claudia Sanabria
‏@OMGthatssotrue
The biggest lie ever: “I have read and agree to the terms of use” ✔. #omgthatssotrue
1:33 AM - 3 Apr 2010

Twitter
Rahma Fathia
‏@rahmafathia
RT @omgthatssotrue: The biggest lie ever: “I have read and agree to the terms of use” ✔. #omgthatssotrue
1:33 AM - 3 Apr 2010

Twitter
Anggi Arysa S.P
‏@Anggiasp
Ahahahaha hell true RT @omgthatssotrue: The biggest lie ever: “I have read and agree to the terms of use” ✔. #omgthatssotrue
1:33 AM - 3 Apr 2010

The Internet Nomad
The Biggest Lies Ever Told
27 FEBRUARY 2012
(...)
This brings me back to the subject line of the article:  “The Biggest Lies Ever Told” — Want to know what they are? “I have read, and accept the Terms of Service.” and “I have read, and agree to the End-User License Agreement.” In fact, on the 11th of January 2011 the website “Measuring Usability” posted an article with a statistic on just how many people read the EULA or ToS of computer software and they found that out of 2500 users at least 70% of them spend less than 12 seconds reading either of them. Unless your a robot, or they are one-liners, there is no way you could read all the legal speak in that short amount of time.

Silicon Allee
Why Terms Of Service Is The Biggest Lie On The Internet
Posted by: David Knight on September 11, 2012 in Technology
What’s the biggest lie on the Web? “This is my picture.” “Just give us your bank details and we’ll transfer that money right over.” “Worst. Article. Ever.” Or how about: “I have read and agree to the terms”?

The Daily Dot
These are the biggest lies on the Internet
Joanie Ferguson — Apr 25, 2014 at 12:04PM | Last updated Dec 11, 2015 at 12:31AM
If you, like me, have spent far too much time scrolling to the bottom of emails to click “unsubscribe” only to see an email from the same sender pop back up a week later, you’re not crazy. Yes, that button is lying to you: “You have successfully unsubscribe” is the fourth biggest lie on the Internet.

While it’s a frustrating one, it is not alone. Bigger Internet lies include “I am at least 18 years of age” and “I have read the terms and conditions.”

AU MA Social Media
10 Things You Need to Know You Agreed to via Terms of Service
Posted by siru90 on July 24, 2014
What’s the biggest lie on the web? I think it would be “I have read and agreed to the terms.” We’ve all done it. You click “Agree” and move on. It’s probably because we are lazy, but another reason is Terms of Service (TOS) are too long and jargon-filled.

Reddit—Technology
“I have read and agree to the Terms” is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that. (tosdr.org)
submitted October 1, 2014 by SuperbCrew

Medium
Enrique Dans
Professor of Innovation at IE Business School and blogger at enriquedans.com
Jul 17, 2016
The biggest lie on the internet: “I have read and understood the terms of service”
On July 7, two US academics published a paper entitled “The Biggest Lie on the Internet: “Ignoring the privacy policies and terms of service policies of social networking services” which details an experiment they carried out on 543 students, asking them to open an account in a fictitious social network and then studying their responses to the terms and conditions of the site.

Posted by Barry Popik
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