Session 2

The UK is to prosecute online abuse and face-to-face abuse in the same manner. Neil and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Online abuse the same as face-to-face

The Director of Public Prosecutions has recommended that the UK treat online hate crime in the same way as face-to-face hate crime.


Language challenge

The UK is to consider online hate crime as seriously as hate crime meted out face to face. Meted out is a synonym for ‘gave out’, but what kinds of things do we usually mete out?

a) love or affection
b) gifts or money
c) punishment or cruelty

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The story

Prosecutors in Britain are being told to treat online hate crime as seriously as abuse meted out face-to-face.

The guidance issued by the government covers offences motivated by hostility towards people of different races, religions, sexuality, gender and disability.

The Director of Public Prosecutions said online abuse, such as threats of violence, had a ‘corrosive effect’ on society and destroyed lives

Key words and phrases

trolls
people who intentionally send annoying or insulting online messages

corrosive
causing gradual damage to something

closes (the) net
restricts the movement or activities of

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

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Language challenge - answer

c) punishment or cruelty

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which teaches you pronunciation using the latest BBC World News bulletins. 

Session Vocabulary

  • trolls
    people who intentionally send annoying or insulting online messages

    corrosive
    causing gradual damage to something

    closes (the) net
    restricts the movement or activities of