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Debate: Is Social Media a Reliable Source of News?

Social media platforms make it easy to share information openly and widely. Some platforms, like Twitter, have become sources of up-to-the-minute news, with people reporting on important events as they happen. Some say the varied perspectives and live reports from citizen journalists make these social media platforms a good source of news. The stories being shared on social media are not always accurate, though. Sometimes images and videos are altered, and those looking for “clicks” often share sensational stories, whether or not they are true. Listen to hear how propaganda and disinformation about the war in Ukraine are spreading online and then debate: Is social media a reliable source of the news?


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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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