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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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.
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Key words and phrases
people who intentionally send annoying or insulting online messages
causing gradual damage to something
closes (the) net
restricts the movement or activities of