Ocasio-Cortez gives up Facebook, calls social media a ‘public health risk to everybody’

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, widely considered one of the most adepts lawmakers on Capitol Hill at using social media to engage voters, said she has given up Facebook and expressed concerns about the negative effects of social media platforms in general.

“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 Democrat said in an interview with Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast on Sunday.

At 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and she conceded that many young Americans have stopped using Facebook in the numbers they used to.

“I’m doing that as well,” she admitted.

But she said that she thinks, in general, “social media poses a public health risk to everybody.” She also 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,” she said. “I think it has effects on everybody: increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”

“I do think about that both as a person with a larger audience, but also just as an individual user of these platforms.”

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