If you’re at a loose end following last night’s episode of Game of Thrones – and who would have thought Ned Stark turned out to…. [watch it. Ed.] – then for the next few hours at least, you can tune into a live broadcast of Facebook’s terms of service. If you feel so inclined.
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The marathon Jackanory session is being conducted by Forbrukerrådet, the Norwegian consumer rights council, in a nod to the slow TV phenomenon.
Slow TV is a long-established and popular format in Norway. Perhaps the best examples of the genre are a minute-by-minute broadcast of a seven hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen, and a 134-hour broadcast from Norway’s world-famous coastal ferry, the Hurtigruten, which according to Wikipedia attracted over 2 million viewers.
The BBC has also got on board, with broadcasts from a narrowboat and a Christmas sleigh ride through Lapland both featuring on BBC4.
At the time of writing, Forbrukerrådet had been broadcasting for over five hours, and besides Facebook, had also read the terms of service of Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga, and Dropbox. Other popular apps, including Amazon Kindle, Instagram, iTunes, LinkedIn, Netflix, Skype, SnapChat, Spotify, Twitter and WhatsApp, were still to come.
If you’re interested (and the broadcast is still going on) you can check out the live-stream here at Forbrukerrådet’s website. Although do note that you will need to be able to understand Norwegian.
Let’s face it (are you ready for the punchline, boys and girls?), it’s probably the first and only time anybody will ever actually read Facebook’s terms of service.