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Debate: Should Social Media Platforms Restrict Free Speech?

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is buying Twitter, and he has pledged to make some changes. Musk says he will loosen the rules restricting free speech on the social media platform. Supporters of his plan argue that the First Amendment protects all types of speech, even when it’s hateful. They believe that unrestricted free speech is key to a healthy democracy. Opponents say that unfettered free speech on social media contributes to misinformation, allows dangerous bullying, and promotes deeper divisions among Americans. Listen to learn more about Musk’s future plans and then debate: Should social media platforms restrict free speech?


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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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