The Reading / Listening - Hate Speech - Level 6

Social media websites in Germany could be in for fines of up to 50 million euros ($54 million) for removing illegal content too slowly. The German government has decided to crack down on the darker side of online content, including hate speech, slander, fake news and other illegal material. Under the proposed new law, the likes of Facebook and Twitter would be given seven days to delete content flagged as illegal, or incur a heavy financial penalty. Any content deemed to be "clearly criminal" would have to be removed within 24 hours. Germany's justice minister Heiko Maas quoted research which suggested Twitter deletes only one per cent of the hate speech it is told about by users, and Facebook, 39 per cent.



Mr Maas said the new fines and regulations were necessary due to heightening concern over the influence social media is having in shaping public opinion. He said: "The biggest problem is that the social networks do not take the complaints of their own users seriously enough." He added that voluntary efforts to tackle the problem were not working, saying: "Too few comments are deleted, and they're not being deleted quickly enough." Mr Maas said all social media companies would be required to set up a complaints team that must be operational 24/7. A digital trade organization feared that removing content within 24 hours from sites that handle more than one billion posts per day was "utterly impossible".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Hate Speech - Level 4  or  Hate Speech - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39269535
  • http://www.dw.com/en/germany-to-force-facebook-twitter-to-delete-hate-speech/a-37927085
  • https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/14/facebook-twitter-still-failing-on-hate-speech-in-germany/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. HATE SPEECH: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about hate speech. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       social media / illegal content / the darker side / hate speech / fake news / criminal /
       fines / regulations / public opinion / complaints / voluntary / team / one billion posts

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. FREE SPEECH: Students A strongly believe because of hate speech, there is no free speech; Students B strongly believe free speech is any and all speech.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. ILLEGAL CONTENT: Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

Type

How bad?

Punishment?

Effects?

Sexual activity

 

 

 

Explicit violence

 

 

 

How to do a crime

 

 

 

Hate speech

 

 

 

Terrorist training material

 

 

 

Slander of individuals

 

 

 

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5. SOCIAL MEDIA: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the term "social media". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. HATE: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst kinds of hate speech at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • homophobia
  • Holocaust denial
  • criticism of a nation
  • slander of individuals
  • racist attacks
  • body shaming
  • sexist attacks
  • religious hate

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Social media sites in Germany could get $54 million hate speech fines.    T / F
  2. Sites will have seven days to delete material flagged as hate speech.     T / F
  3. Sites will have 24 hours to delete clearly criminal hate speech.     T / F
  4. Twitter deletes 30% of posts its users flag as being hate speech.     T / F
  5. There is growing concern over the influence of social media.     T / F
  6. A justice minister said social media sites take complaints seriously.     T / F
  7. The minister said voluntary efforts to tackle the problem worked well.     T / F
  8. An organization said sites could easily monitor one billion posts a day.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. removing
  2. crack down
  3. fake
  4. deemed
  5. quoted
  6. regulations
  7. heightening
  8. shaping
  9. set up
  10. utterly
  1. growing
  2. considered
  3. cited
  4. totally
  5. deleting
  6. determining
  7. get tough
  8. establish
  9. rules
  10. hoax

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. websites in Germany could be in for fines of
  2. crack down on the darker
  3. incur a heavy
  4. content deemed
  5. justice
  6. necessary due
  7. the influence social media is having in
  8. take the complaints of their
  9. be operational
  10. utterly
  1. shaping public opinion
  2. financial penalty
  3. minister
  4. side of online content
  5. own users seriously
  6. 24/7
  7. up to 50 million euros
  8. impossible
  9. to heightening concern
  10. to be "clearly criminal"

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
down
heavy
users
too
likes
justice
in
clearly

Social media websites in Germany could be (1) ____________ for fines of up to 50 million euros ($54 million) for removing illegal content (2) ____________ slowly. The German government has decided to crack (3) ____________ on the darker side of online content, including hate speech, slander, fake news and other illegal material. Under the proposed new law, the (4) ____________ of Facebook and Twitter would be given seven days to delete content flagged as illegal, or incur a (5) ____________ financial penalty. Any content deemed to be "(6) ____________ criminal" would have to be removed within 24 hours. Germany's (7) ____________ minister Heiko Maas quoted research which suggested Twitter deletes only one per cent of the hate speech it is told about by (8) ____________, and Facebook, 39 per cent.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
enough
due
feared
take
utterly
few
shaping
operational

Mr Maas said the new fines and regulations were necessary (9) ____________ to heightening concern over the influence social media is having in (10) ____________ public opinion. He said: "The biggest problem is that the social networks do not (11) ____________ the complaints of their own users seriously enough." He added that voluntary efforts to tackle the problem were not working, saying: "Too (12) ____________ comments are deleted, and they're not being deleted quickly (13) ____________." Mr Maas said all social media companies would be required to set up a complaints team that must be (14) ____________ 24/7. A digital trade organization (15) ____________ that removing content within 24 hours from sites that handle more than one billion posts per day was "(16) ____________ impossible".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The German government has decided to crack ______ darker side
     a.  down in the
     b.  up on the
     c.  down on a
     d.  down on the

2)  online content, including hate speech, slander, fake news and ______ material
     a.  another illegals
     b.  others illegal
     c.  other illegals
     d.  other illegal

3)  given seven days to delete content flagged as illegal, or ______ financial penalty
     a.  incur a heavy
     b.  concur a heavy
     c.  recur a heavy
     d.  occur a heavy

4)  Any content deemed to be "clearly criminal" would have to be ______ 24 hours
     a.  remove within
     b.  removed within
     c.  removed with in
     d.  removed withering

5)  …suggested Twitter deletes only one per cent of the hate speech it is ______ users
     a.  told above by
     b.  told about buy
     c.  told about by
     d.  told around by

6)  Mr Maas said the new fines and regulations were necessary ______ concern
     a.  due to heighten in
     b.  due to heightening
     c.  due to height awning
     d.  due to high tanning

7)  the influence social media is having in shaping ______
     a.  publics opinion
     b.  publicity opinion
     c.  publicly opinion
     d.  public opinion

8)  social networks do not take the complaints of their ______ seriously enough
     a.  owner users
     b.  own users
     c.  own user
     d.  owners users

9)  required to set up a complaints team that must be ______
     a.  operation all 24/7
     b.  operational 7/24
     c.  operates and all 7/24
     d.  operational 24/7

10)  …from sites that handle more than one billion posts per day was "______"
     a.  udder the impossible
     b.  utterly impossible
     c.  another impossibility
     d.  utters the impossible

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Social media websites in Germany (1) ___________________ fines of up to 50 million euros ($54 million) for removing illegal content too slowly. The German government has decided (2) ___________________ the darker side of online content, including hate speech, slander, fake news (3) ___________________ material. Under the proposed new law, the likes of Facebook and Twitter would be given seven days to delete content flagged as illegal, (4) ___________________ heavy financial penalty. Any content (5) ___________________ "clearly criminal" would have to be removed within 24 hours. Germany's justice minister Heiko Maas quoted research which suggested Twitter deletes only one per (6) ___________________ speech it is told about by users, and Facebook, 39 per cent.

Mr Maas said the new fines and regulations (7) ___________________ to heightening concern over the influence social (8) ___________________ shaping public opinion. He said: "The biggest problem is that the social networks do not take (9) ___________________ their own users seriously enough." He added that (10) ___________________ tackle the problem were not working, saying: "Too few comments are deleted, and they're not being deleted quickly enough." Mr Maas said all social media companies would be required (11) ___________________ complaints team that must be operational 24/7. A digital trade organization feared that removing content within 24 hours from sites that handle more than one billion posts per (12) ___________________ impossible".

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the maximum fine a social media site could get?
  2. How long will sites have to delete content flagged as illegal?
  3. How long will sites have to delete "clearly criminal" content?
  4. What position does Heiko Maas hold in Germany's government?
  5. What percentage of hate speech flagged by Twitter users is deleted?
  6. What is Heiko Maas concerned that social media is influencing?
  7. What did Mr Maas say social networks do not take seriously?
  8. What did Mr Maas say social media companies would have to set up?
  9. How long will a team have to be operational for?
  10. What did a digital organization say about the chance of deleting content?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the maximum fine a social media site could get?
a) 50 million euros / $54 million
b) 100 million euros / $108 million
c) 75 mullion euros / $81 million
d) 10 million euros / $10.8 million

2) How long will sites have to delete content flagged as illegal?
a) 48 hours
b) 4 days
c) 7 days
d) 14 days

3) How long will sites have to delete "clearly criminal" content?
a) one hour
b) 24 hours
c) 36 hours
d) 48 hours

4) What position does Heiko Maas hold in Germany's government?
a) Social Minister
b) Policing Minister
c) Internet Minister
d) Justice Minister

5) What percentage of hate speech flagged by Twitter users is deleted?
a) 1%
b) 3.6%
c) 17%
d) 39%

6) What is Heiko Maas concerned that social media is influencing?
a) morals
b) brain size
c) Internet speeds
d) public opinion

7) What did Mr Maas say social networks do not take seriously?
a) each other
b) user opinions
c) their responsibility
d) hate speech

8) What did Mr Maas say social media companies would have to set up?
a) complainant teams
b) plaintiff teams
c) complaining teams
d) complaints teams

9) How long will a team have to be operational for?
a) 9-5
b) Mon-Fri
c) 24/7
d) during Internet hours

10) What did a digital organization say about the chance of deleting content?
a) "so do-able"
b) "utterly impossible"
c) "50-50 chance of success"
d) "not too bad"

Role play

Role A — Racist Attacks

You think racist attacks are the worst form of hate speech. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how to tackle their forms of hate speech. Also, tell the others which of these is the easiest to combat (and why): body shaming, homophobia or slander of individuals.

Role B — Body Shaming

You think body shaming is the worst form of hate speech. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how to tackle their forms of hate speech. Also, tell the others which of these is the easiest to combat (and why): racist attacks, homophobia or slander of individuals.

Role C — Homophobia

You think homophobia is the worst form of hate speech. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how to tackle their forms of hate speech. Also, tell the others which of these is the easiest to combat (and why): body shaming, racist attacks or slander of individuals.

Role D — Slander of Individuals

You think slander of individuals is the worst form of hate speech. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how to tackle their forms of hate speech. Also, tell the others which of these is the easiest to combat (and why): body shaming, homophobia or racist attacks.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'hate'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'speech'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • due
    • take
    • efforts
    • few
    • set
    • per
    • could
    • down
    • other
    • given
    • clearly
    • only




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Social media sites face heavy hate speech fines

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the term 'hate speech'?
    3. What do you think of Germany's proposed new law?
    4. What are the dangers of hate speech?
    5. How can we better deal with hate speech?
    6. What do you think of people who post hate speech?
    7. What responsibility do social media sites have to delete hate speech?
    8. How difficult is it to decide what is hate speech?
    9. Has anyone ever posted something about you that you didn't like?
    10. What three adjectives best describe those who post hate speech?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the term 'social media'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Is hate speech part of free speech?
    5. How is social media influencing public opinion?
    6. To what degree is online content controlling our lives?
    7. How worried are you about online safety?
    8. What advice do you have for social media sites?
    9. How can a site monitor a billion posts a day?
    10. What questions would you like to ask bosses of social media sites?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Social media websites in Germany could be (1) ____ for fines of up to 50 million euros ($54 million) for removing illegal content too (2) ____. The German government has decided to crack (3) ____ on the darker side of online content, including hate speech, slander, fake news and other illegal material. Under the proposed new law, the (4) ____ of Facebook and Twitter would be given seven days to delete content flagged (5) ____ illegal, or incur a heavy financial penalty. Any content deemed to be "clearly criminal" would have to be removed within 24 hours. Germany's justice minister Heiko Maas quoted research which (6) ____ Twitter deletes only one per cent of the hate speech it is told about by users, and Facebook, 39 per cent.

    Mr Maas said the new fines and regulations were necessary due (7) ____ heightening concern over the influence social media is having in shaping (8) ____ opinion. He said: "The biggest problem is that the social networks do not (9) ____ the complaints of their own users seriously enough." He added that voluntary efforts to (10) ____ the problem were not working, saying: "Too few comments are deleted, and they're not being deleted quickly enough." Mr Maas said all social media companies would be required (11) ____ set up a complaints team that must be operational 24/7. A digital trade organization feared that removing content within 24 hours from sites that (12) ____ more than one billion posts per day was "utterly impossible".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     on     (b)     to     (c)     down     (d)     in    
    2. (a)     slowish     (b)     slow     (c)     slows     (d)     slowly    
    3. (a)     up     (b)     down     (c)     in     (d)     out    
    4. (a)     liking     (b)     likelihood     (c)     likes     (d)     likely    
    5. (a)     was     (b)     is     (c)     as     (d)     has    
    6. (a)     suggested     (b)     suggest     (c)     suggesting     (d)     suggestive    
    7. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     from     (d)     for    
    8. (a)     public     (b)     general     (c)     private     (d)     specific    
    9. (a)     have     (b)     take     (c)     play     (d)     write    
    10. (a)     kick     (b)     grip     (c)     tackle     (d)     knock    
    11. (a)     for     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    12. (a)     caress     (b)     touch     (c)     stroke     (d)     handle

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     enough." Mr Maas said all social media companies would be required to set up a complaints team that must be

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    (    )     operational 24/7. A digital trade organization feared that removing content within

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    (    )     too slowly. The German government has decided to crack down on the darker

    (    )     working, saying: "Too few comments are deleted, and they're not being deleted quickly

    (    )     having in shaping public opinion. He said: "The biggest problem is that the social networks do not take the complaints

    (    )     24 hours from sites that handle more than one billion posts per day was "utterly impossible".

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    (    )     side of online content, including hate speech, slander, fake news and other illegal material. Under the proposed

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    Put the words in the right order

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    6. in  opinion  social  having   public  influence  is   shaping  The   media   .
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    9. complaints   must   24/7   A   that   operational   team   be   .
    10. handle   one   per   that   than   posts   Sites   more   billion   day   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Mr Maas said the new fines and regulations / regulatory were necessary due to heightening / upping concern over the influence social media is having in shaping public / private opinion. He said: "The biggest problem is that the social networks do not take the complaints / complains of their own users seriously enough." He added that voluntary efforts to kick / tackle the problem were not working, saying: "Too little / few comments are deleted, and they're not being deleted quick / quickly enough." Mr Maas said all social media companies would be required to set up a complaints / complaining team that must be operational 24/7. A digital trade organization frightened / feared that removing content within 24 hours from sites that handle more than one billion posts per day was "utterly / udders impossible".

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    social media websites in germany could be in for fines of up to 50 million euros ($54 million) for removing illegal content too slowly the german government has decided to crack down on the darker side of online content including hate speech slander fake news and other illegal material under the proposed new law the likes of facebook and twitter would be given seven days to delete content flagged as illegal or incur a heavy financial penalty any content deemed to be "clearly criminal" would have to be removed within 24 hours germany's justice minister heiko maas quoted research which suggested twitter deletes only one per cent of the hate speech it is told about by users and facebook 39 per cent

    mr maas said the new fines and regulations were necessary due to heightening concern over the influence social media is having in shaping public opinion he said "the biggest problem is that the social networks do not take the complaints of their own users seriously enough" he added that voluntary efforts to tackle the problem were not working saying "too few comments are deleted and they're not being deleted quickly enough" mr maas said all social media companies would be required to set up a complaints team that must be operational 24/7 a digital trade organization feared that removing content within 24 hours from sites that handle more than one billion posts per day was "utterly impossible"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    vernmenthasdecidedtocrackdownonthedarkersideofonlinecontent,i
    ncludinghatespeech,slander,fakenewsandotherillegalmaterial.Und
    ertheproposednewlaw,thelikesofFacebookandTwitterwouldbegiven
    sevendaystodeletecontentflaggedasillegal,orincuraheavyfinancialp
    enalty.Anycontentdeemedtobe"clearlycriminal"wouldhavetoberem
    ovedwithin24hours.Germany'sjusticeministerHeikoMaasquotedres
    earchwhichsuggestedTwitterdeletesonlyonepercentofthehatespeec
    hitistoldaboutbyusers,andFacebook,39percent.MrMaassaidthenewf
    inesandregulationswerenecessaryduetoheighteningconcernoverth
    einfluencesocialmediaishavinginshapingpublicopinion.Hesaid:"The
    biggestproblemisthatthesocialnetworksdonottakethecomplaintsoft
    heirownusersseriouslyenough."Headdedthatvoluntaryeffortstotack
    letheproblemwerenotworking,saying:"Toofewcommentsaredeleted
    ,andthey'renotbeingdeletedquicklyenough."MrMaassaidallsocialme
    diacompanieswouldberequiredtosetupacomplaintsteamthatmustbe
    operational24/7.Adigitaltradeorganizationfearedthatremovingcont
    entwithin24hoursfromsitesthathandlemorethanonebillionpostsperd
    aywas"utterlyimpossible".

    Free writing

    Write about hate speech for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There is no such thing as free speech while there is hate speech. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about hate speech. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. HATE SPEECH: Make a poster about hate speech. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. FREE SPEECH: Write a magazine article about there being no free speech while there is hate speech. Argue that people must go to prison for hate speech. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for any kind of and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on hate speech. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to deal with it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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