英語で聞く: Facebook organ donors

From BBC Learning English
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by Leana Hosea

Facebook users in the United States and Britain will now be able to show on their page whether they wish to donate their organs. The hope is that it will encourage more people to register as organ donors.

Nearly 7,000 people in the United States die each year while waiting for an organ transplant and around 10,000 people in Britain are on the waiting list for an organ. With the huge numbers of Facebook members in both countries, the social networking site hopes its foray into social engineering will make a big impact. […]

Facebook says the initiative is about […] encouraging people who may have thought about it, but not got around to it or who might be inspired to donate if they find out that their friends are doing it.

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What is “social engineering”? Can you describe any other social engineering initiative?
2. What is your opinion about donating / transplanting organs? Would you donate any organ to a person that you do not know?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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