The Reading / Listening - YouTube - Level 2

YouTube has a plan "to fight online terror". YouTube says it will find dangerous videos and delete them. This includes videos on how to make fire-bombs and other deadly things. Google owns YouTube. Google's senior vice president announced four things YouTube would do about the problem of dangerous videos. Google's answer is called: "Four steps we're taking today to fight online terror." The first steps will find and delete videos that might help terrorists. Another step is to find videos that could get people to become terrorists. Finally, step four is to show "anti-terrorism" adverts.



There are many problems with these steps. It is a huge task to look at so many videos on YouTube. Over one hour of video is uploaded each second. An advertising company said one hundred years' of video is uploaded every 10 days. Another problem is that many of the videos Google wants to target are not illegal. Terrorists could easily use a BBC news video in the wrong way. Google will use software to find content that breaks its guidelines. A final problem is how to delete videos that do not break YouTube's guidelines but still have content that could get people to be terrorists.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    YouTube - Level 0 YouTube - Level 1   or  YouTube - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/19/youtubes-announces-plan-to-fight-online-terror-including-making-incendiary-videos-difficult-to-find/?utm_term=.91ee3fd1e22b
  • https://www.digitaltrends.com/web/youtube-plans-for-tackling-extremist-conten/
  • https://www.cnet.com/au/news/youtube-new-plan-fight-extremist-terrorist-videos/


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. it will find dangerous videos
  2. fire-bombs and other
  3. Google's senior vice president
  4. the problem
  5. steps we're taking today
  6. delete videos that might
  7. get people to
  8. show "anti-terrorism"
  1. to fight online terror
  2. become terrorists
  3. deadly things
  4. adverts
  5. and delete them
  6. of dangerous videos
  7. announced four things
  8. help terrorists

Paragraph 2

  1. There are many problems
  2. It is a huge
  3. Over one hour of video is
  4. one hundred years'
  5. the videos Google wants to target
  6. Terrorists could easily use
  7. delete videos that do not break
  8. content that could get people
  1. uploaded each second
  2. to be terrorists
  3. are not illegal
  4. task
  5. YouTube's guidelines
  6. with these steps
  7. of video
  8. a BBC news video

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

YouTube (1) ___________________ fight online terror". YouTube says it will find dangerous videos (2) ___________________. This includes videos on how to make fire-bombs and other deadly things. Google owns YouTube. Google's (3) ___________________ president announced four things YouTube would do about the problem of dangerous videos. Google's (4) ___________________: "Four steps we're taking today to fight online terror." The first steps will find and delete videos (5) ___________________ terrorists. Another step is to find videos that could get people to become terrorists. Finally, step (6) ___________________ "anti-terrorism" adverts.

There are many problems (7) ___________________. It is a huge task (8) ___________________ many videos on YouTube. Over one hour of video is uploaded each second. An advertising company said one hundred (9) ___________________ is uploaded every 10 days. Another problem is that many of the videos Google wants to target are not illegal. Terrorists could (10) ___________________ BBC news video in the wrong way. Google will use software to find content that breaks its guidelines. A final problem (11) ___________________ delete videos that do not break YouTube's guidelines but still have content (12) ___________________ people to be terrorists.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

YouTubehasaplan"tofightonlineterror".YouTubesaysitwillfinddange
rousvideosanddeletethem.Thisincludesvideosonhowtomakefire-bo
mbsandotherdeadlythings.GoogleownsYouTube.Google'sseniorvic
epresidentannouncedfourthingsYouTubewoulddoabouttheproblem
ofdangerousvideos.Google'sansweriscalled:"Fourstepswe'retakingt
odaytofightonlineterror."Thefirststepswillfindanddeletevideosthat
mighthelpterrorists.Anotherstepistofindvideosthatcouldgetpeoplet
obecometerrorists.Finally,stepfouristoshow"anti-terrorism"adver
ts.Therearemanyproblemswiththesesteps.Itisahugetasktolookatso
manyvideosonYouTube.Overonehourofvideoisuploadedeachsecond
.Anadvertisingcompanysaidonehundredyears'ofvideoisuploadedev
ery10days.AnotherproblemisthatmanyofthevideosGooglewantstot
argetarenotillegal.TerroristscouldeasilyuseaBBCnewsvideointhewr
ongway.Googlewillusesoftwaretofindcontentthatbreaksitsguideline
s.AfinalproblemishowtodeletevideosthatdonotbreakYouTube'sgui
delinesbutstillhavecontentthatcouldgetpeopletobeterrorists.

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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