Calls for ban on 'anti-vax' social media – News Review 2022

November 6, 2022

With news that a Covid-19 vaccine is being trialled, people who are against vaccines have been posting negative comments on social media. There have been calls for bans on these types of posts.

Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:43 – Story
2:21 – Headline 1: Covid-19: Call to outlaw ‘anti-vax’ fake news
5:40- Headline 2: Calls for ‘nonsensical and dangerous’ anti-vax content to be censored online
8:16 – Headline 3: Anti-vax conspiracy theories are still being peddled on social media despite tech companies promising crackdown
10:35 – Language summary

The story

The government has taken steps to address this. It came to an agreement with the big online tech companies, Facebook, Twitter, Google and others, last week to take steps to work with public health authorities.

But Labour say that if anyone is persuaded, even one person, not to have the vaccine as a result of misinformation then that is one person too many and this is a matter of life and death.

Key words and phrases

make illegal or ban

The government has promised a bill to outlaw hate speech on social media.
Drink-driving has been outlawed in the UK since the 1960s.

stupid or silly

The angry Twitter rant contained several nonsensical claims.
The jury found the defendant’s claims to be completely nonsensical.

spread as an idea in order to cause acceptance

Critics say that misinformation is being peddled through the platform.
The programme was known to peddle celebrity gossip and rumours.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English November 6, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    We hope you enjoyed that! To find out more about the words 'have to' and 'must', check this out:

  2. Thankings for great channels, me speakings eenglishes perfectly thankings to great BBC propaganda channel . Now I can denounce my fellow citizens in two different languages.

  3. 🎪 The government outlawed gum chawing since the 1990s.
    🎪 She has a big mouth. All her words are nonsensical.
    🎪 The company tried to peddle its clients to reduce their usage of megabytes.

  4. I think everyone has a free choice to decide what they want to do with their body’s.
    I don’t care how good the vaccine is I just care about the choice when you remove the choice you remove the trust and the goal should be more trust not less.

  5. Good Good Thank you

  6. Anti Vaccers are like the idiots who yelled at Christopher Columbus: "STOP! Youre going to fall off the edge of the Earth!" It's been the same group from the beginning of time. When a vaccination for Polio was brought out the same segment was yelling loudly. When the vaccine for rubella measles came out the same loud yelling people were there. Small Pox same. Now here we are with the same morons…. (Again)

  7. Arm yourself ASAP

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  9. Hi could you please tag the words which you explain in the video? So we can easily find the related video.

  10. Now we just gotta tell @YouTube to crackdown and issue permanent IP bans on these lying anti-science clowns harassing everyone on every single video and spreading their lies/propaganda like wildfires. Cuz they are not doing anything about it at all. I smell lawsuits in the coming years @YouTube

  11. Thank you, BBC>

  12. I love both of you

  13. 5:29 "We have the perfect one for you, haven't we, Tom?"

    I thought it would be "don't we, Tom". I didn't know that I am wrong all this time.. thanks BBC Learning English

  14. Can I use these vocabs in academic writing?

  15. Thank for lesson perfect.

  16. Nice session
    Your teaching method is outstanding

  17. good lessons, i love interactivity in your course

  18. That’s it block anyone who debates against your vaccine that hasn’t been tested for the 5 years like it should be. What about if it goes wrong and your peddling lies .. hope you have thought about that

  19. How can i get a releable certificate as a benifit from your cources?

  20. It's good attempt to control the birth of People i personally do not reccomend a vaccine

  21. here it comes, freedom of speech is slowly getting eroded. And everyone is OK with this?

  22. I'm beginner how to learn English

  23. Reply
    Nguyên Phạm Nguyễn Khôi November 6, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    what does "one person too many" mean ???

  24. How can i learn from you teacher

  25. Neil and Tom both are outstanding!
    Thanks to you both for your very sincere efforts.

  26. If you put the language level it will be better

  27. Tom is really good teacher and explainer

  28. this show help me improve English
    BBC learning English is amazing show for the people in the world love English

  29. I'm new follower of bbc learning English.
    what can you suggest for me to reach you and getting lessons?
    Thank you in advance

  30. BBC news is best channel rather than others news channel 👍

  31. Im loving it, you are amazing

  32. “Censure” would be better word

  33. I also like you but….where is Catherine????? I love her!!!!!!

  34. I think tom talk very simple for our comprehension

  35. I really like when Tom searches for new vocabularies. They are easy to understand. On the other hand, Catherine always chooses difficult vocabularies.

  36. I think a key word a lot of the commenters are missing here is "misinformation." There is a big difference between having a different opinion on vaccines, versus spreading false information about vaccines.

    There are a growing number of people who believe all sorts of conspiracy theories about vaccines, such as thinking the government is going to put tracking chips in them or going to deliberately poison us.

    There is a big difference between being hesitant about how effective a new vaccine is, versus spreading conspiracy theories with no evidence.

    There is a saying, "You can't yell fire in a crowded theater." Meaning, there is a limit to free speech when it is causing panic and harm to others by spreading blatantly false information.

  37. To peddle the myth.

  38. Hi. Everyone I need suggestions from all of you guys. For the best way learning English should I show the transcript this video or just going watching without transcript? …

  39. Great topic! TY.

  40. You guys are simply fantastic!

  41. Nonsensical politicians would like to peddle their nonsensical plan to outlaw necessary things.

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