Rep. Alexandria Oscaio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed in a recent interview with Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” that social media is a “public health risk” and that’s why she has chosen to part ways with Facebook … sort of.
Ocasio-Cortez said she believes social media can cause “increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism” for people who use it too much.
“I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” the congresswoman 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.”
She later could not resist pointing to President Donald Trump as an example of the bad effects of social media. She said some of his tweets, specially a recent one targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for downplaying the events of September 11, would be considered harassment if posted by people other than him.
You can check out the president’s tweet that Ocasio-Cortez mentions below. It is a reposting of a video that rightfully calls out Omar for summing up the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 by saying, “some people did something.”
While Ocasio-Cortez’s statement on social media isn’t as loony as some of the other things she dares to say out loud, her new moral stand against social media feels empty because the actions behind it are so minimal.
Despite saying she deactivated her account, Ocasio-Cortez’s face is still all over Facebook. There are dozens of ads currently running on the social media platform sponsored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress. There is also still an official verified page for her on the website — just not a personal page. The page for the congresswoman has over 700,000 likes.
Ocasio-Cortez’s team sees no problem with her continued presence on Facebook despite her saying she quit the platform for some reason.
“The congresswoman’s words speak for themselves,” spokesman Corbin Trent told The Washington Post.
Ocasio-Cortez said it’s a “big deal” for her to walk away from Facebook because the social media platform was so essential to her original campaign for her congressional seat.
“I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook and Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time,” the New York congresswoman said.
Ocasio-Cortez claims she’s simply part of the trend of young people — she is 29 years old — turning away from the increasingly unpopular Facebook.
Don’t worry though.
If you end up missing her on Facebook, you can still find Ocasio-Cortez posting on Twitter and Instagram plenty — though she claims she’s trying to limit her time on both platforms. She sports nearly four million followers on Twitter and over three million on Instagram.
“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.
We’re sure many will be grateful to have “weekends off” from you too, congresswoman … if you follow through, that is.
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