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Debate: Should Social Media Companies Recognize the Taliban?

Social media companies are weighing whether to recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate rulers. After recently taking control of Afghanistan, Taliban leaders are using social media to broadcast their ideas and messages. But the group has not yet been acknowledged by most of the international community. The Taliban has a history of brutality, and companies like Facebook and Twitter are wary of providing a platform for violent or regressive ideas. Listen to learn more about the dilemma facing social media companies and then debate: Should social media companies recognize the Taliban?


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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