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  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
  3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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Deleted Tweet Collectors Blocked

dateline: 25 August 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • delete: to erase digitally
  • deny access: to not allow one to enter or use
  • distinguish: to find a difference between
  • preserve: to save for long-term purposes

Deleted Tweet Collectors Blocked

Up to 30 Twitter whose sole purpose was to save and publish deleted tweets by politicians have been denied access to Twitter. The Twitter account for Politwoops, the US website, was banned in June, and 30 other related Twitter accounts from other were banned this weekend. Twitter defended its decision, saying it does not distinguish between politicians and other and that every individual the right to edit or delete a tweet. Those who disagree with Twitter’s decision say that tweets are part of the public and should be preserved.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which type of Twitter accounts were blocked?
  2. How did Twitter defend itself for this decision?
  3. Why do some people disapprove of Twitter’s decision?

Discussion Questions: Should politicians and government organizations be held accountable for what they publish on social media, or do they deserve the right to delete and edit just as any other individual?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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