The Reading / Listening - Dating App - Level 5

The Tinder dating app has a new feature to help reduce online harassment. It uses an algorithm to detect possible abusive language in messages created by the user. Artificial intelligence is used to flag up examples of abusive content. After the writer of the message presses 'send', a small box pops up that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Tinder is optimistic the new feature will cut the number of abusive messages people send. While testing the app, the volume of such messages fell by 10 per cent. The new feature is now on English and Japanese versions of the app.

Tinder's app lets users anonymously swipe photos and like or dislike the profiles of possible love matches, based on biographies and shared interests. The app matches two users, who can then exchange messages and arrange a date. The app has resulted in many finding love, but it has been abused. Tinder hopes AYS will create a safer online environment. It said: "The early results...show us that intervention done the right way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and building a community where everyone feels like they can be themselves."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dating App - Level 4 or  Dating App - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.techradar.com/news/tinder-will-alert-users-before-they-send-offensive-messages
  • https://mashable.com/article/tinder-are-you-sure/
  • https://metro.co.uk/2021/05/24/tinder-asks-users-to-think-twice-before-sending-abuse-14623992


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. help reduce online
  2. flag up examples
  3. After the writer of the message
  4. a small box pops
  5. Tinder is
  6. cut the number of abusive
  7. the volume of such messages
  8. English and Japanese
  1. up
  2. harassment
  3. fell by 10 per cent
  4. of abusive content
  5. versions of the app
  6. presses 'send'
  7. messages
  8. optimistic

Paragraph 2

  1. users anonymously
  2. profiles of possible love
  3. based on biographies and
  4. The app matches
  5. exchange messages and arrange
  6. The app has resulted
  7. building a
  8. everyone feels like they
  1. two users
  2. community
  3. in many finding love
  4. can be themselves
  5. matches
  6. a date
  7. swipe photos
  8. shared interests

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Tinder dating app has (1) ___________________ to help reduce online harassment. It uses an (2) ___________________ possible abusive language in messages created by the user. Artificial intelligence is used to (3) ___________________ of abusive content. After the writer of the message presses 'send', a small (4) ___________________ that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Tinder is optimistic the new feature will cut the number of abusive messages people send. While testing the app, the (5) ___________________ messages fell by 10 per cent. The new feature is now on English and Japanese (6) ___________________ app.

Tinder's app lets users anonymously (7) ___________________ like or dislike the profiles of (8) ___________________, based on biographies and shared interests. The app matches two users, who can then exchange (9) ___________________ a date. The app has resulted in many finding love, but it has been abused. Tinder hopes AYS will (10) ___________________ online environment. It said: "The early results...show us that intervention (11) ___________________ way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and building a community where (12) ___________________ they can be themselves."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheTinderdatingapphasanewfeaturetohelpreduceonlineharassmen
t.Itusesanalgorithmtodetectpossibleabusivelanguageinmessagescr
eatedbytheuser.Artificialintelligenceisusedtoflagupexamplesofabus
ivecontent.Afterthewriterofthemessagepresses'send',asmallboxpo
psupthatasks,"Areyousure?"or"AYS?"Tinderisoptimisticthenewfeat
urewillcutthenumberofabusivemessagespeoplesend.Whiletestingth
eapp,thevolumeofsuchmessagesfellby10percent.Thenewfeatureisn
owonEnglishandJapaneseversionsoftheapp.Tinder'sappletsusersan
onymouslyswipephotosandlikeordisliketheprofilesofpossiblelovema
tches,basedonbiographiesandsharedinterests.Theappmatchestwou
sers,whocanthenexchangemessagesandarrangeadate.Theapphasr
esultedinmanyfindinglove,butithasbeenabused.TinderhopesAYSwil
lcreateasaferonlineenvironment.Itsaid:"Theearlyresults...showust
hatinterventiondonetherightwaycanbereallymeaningfulinchanging
behaviourandbuildingacommunitywhereeveryonefeelsliketheycanb
ethemselves."

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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