Ocasio-Cortez Quits Facebook, Calls Social Media ‘Public Health Risk’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has apparently had it with social media.
The media darling has stopped using Facebook and plans to cut back on her use of other social media, where she has drawn millions of followers, she said on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” on Sunday. The Democratic socialist, who has appeared on virtually every cable news network and most of the late-night talk shows, now says social media presents a “public health risk” because it can lead to “increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”
“I personally gave up Facebook,” the New York Democrat said on the podcast.
“I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” she said. “There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3 with screen time. But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody. Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”
While she’s still using Facebook to enlist support for her Green New Deal and to raise funds, Ocasio-Cortez says she has suspended her personal account on the Website. She remains active on other social media sites, posting on Twitter Monday morning. (Ocasio-Cortez writes her own Tweets and Instagram posts.)
However, she said on the podcast, she’s trying to cut back.
“Like every once in a while, you’ll see me hop on Twitter on the weekends, but for the most part, I take consumption of content, when it comes to consumption and reading, I take the weekends off,” she said.
The 29-year-old former bartender seems to have a love-hate relationship with social media. While she has nearly 4 million followers on Twitter, she complains about reaction her posts get. In January, the new lawmaker blasted Facebook — as well along with Google and Microsoft — for what she said was “implicit support” of those who reject climate change.
“We were deeply disappointed to see that your companies were high-level sponsors of a conference this month in Washington D.C., known as LibertyCon, that included a session denying established science on climate change,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez recently delivered a bizarre rant about Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on social media.
“In stealing 1000s of children, deporting their parents,& refusing to provide info for reunification, Sec. Nielsen oversaw one of the largest-scale human rights violations in recent history. Awarding her a lucrative deal or prestigious post is to legitimize+celebrate that abuse,” she wrote in Twitter.
In stealing 1000s of children, deporting their parents,& refusing to provide info for reunification, Sec. Nielsen oversaw one of the largest-scale human rights violations in recent history.
Awarding her a lucrative deal or prestigious post is to legitimize+celebrate that abuse. https://t.co/f2cgDXI48B
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 9, 2019
And on Instagram recently, she was seen drinking wine in a video in which she compared climate change and the world ending within the next 12 years to the U.S. civil rights movement and people protesting against African-Americans.