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From the Ted Talk by Wael Ghonim: Let's design social media that drives real change

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But unfortunately, the post-revolution events were like a punch in the gut. The euphoria faded, we failed to build consensus, and the pcltiioal struggle led to intense polarization. Social media only amplified that sttae, by fatintiiclag the spread of misinformation, rumors, echo chambers and hate speech. The environment was purely toxic. My oinnle world became a battleground filled with trlols, lies, hate speech. I started to worry about the safety of my family. But of course, this wasn't just about me. The polarization reached its peak between the two main peowrs — the army supporters and the Islamists. People in the center, like me, started feeling helespls. Both groups wanted you to side with them; you were either with them or against them. And on the 3rd of July 2013, the army ousted Egypt's first dcoeatclmrliay etleecd president, after three days of popular pstreot that demanded his resignation.

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But unfortunately, the post-revolution events were like a punch in the gut. The euphoria faded, we failed to build consensus, and the _________ struggle led to intense polarization. Social media only amplified that _____, by ____________ the spread of misinformation, rumors, echo chambers and hate speech. The environment was purely toxic. My ______ world became a battleground filled with ______, lies, hate speech. I started to worry about the safety of my family. But of course, this wasn't just about me. The polarization reached its peak between the two main ______ — the army supporters and the Islamists. People in the center, like me, started feeling ________. Both groups wanted you to side with them; you were either with them or against them. And on the 3rd of July 2013, the army ousted Egypt's first ______________ _______ president, after three days of popular _______ that demanded his resignation.

Solution

  1. protest
  2. political
  3. online
  4. helpless
  5. trolls
  6. state
  7. facilitating
  8. elected
  9. powers
  10. democratically

Original Text

But unfortunately, the post-revolution events were like a punch in the gut. The euphoria faded, we failed to build consensus, and the political struggle led to intense polarization. Social media only amplified that state, by facilitating the spread of misinformation, rumors, echo chambers and hate speech. The environment was purely toxic. My online world became a battleground filled with trolls, lies, hate speech. I started to worry about the safety of my family. But of course, this wasn't just about me. The polarization reached its peak between the two main powers — the army supporters and the Islamists. People in the center, like me, started feeling helpless. Both groups wanted you to side with them; you were either with them or against them. And on the 3rd of July 2013, the army ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, after three days of popular protest that demanded his resignation.

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