Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quits Facebook And Calls Social Media A ‘Health Risk’
The congresswoman called social media a "public health risk to everybody."
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she has completely abandoned Facebook and is trying to limit her consumption of Twitter, after rising to prominence through her use of social media.
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Ocasio-Cortez publicized the decision during a taping of the “Skullduggery” podcast, criticizing the medium.
“I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of three, with screen time. But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been a prominent voice on social media and has even provided advice to fellow Democrats on how to use their own platforms.
"Rule number one is to be authentic,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “To be yourself and don’t try to be anyone that you’re not. So don’t try to talk like a young kid if you’re not a young kid, don’t post a meme if you don’t know what a meme is. That was literally my advice. And I said don’t talk like the Founding Fathers on Twitter.”
As far as her use of Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez says she will still be there for her followers at a more a moderate level.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
According to a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez, her Instagram account will also remain active and in use.
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