Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) revealed on Sunday that she quit Facebook because of the tech giant’s monopoly on content and deleterious effects on mental health.
“I personally gave up, 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 29-year-old freshman lawmaker in an interview with Yahoo’s Skullduggery podcast.
Though AOC still manages her Twitter and Instagram accounts, she no longer uses a personal Facebook because of its negative “amplified impacts” on users’ lives.
“I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” she explained. “There are amplified impacts for young people … but I think it has a lot of effects on older people. It has effects on everybody: increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”
Rep. @AOC, who personally gave up Facebook, says "social media poses a public health risk to everybody."
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 15, 2019
She has a point.
@facebook preys on its users. One of the very worst examples of not just indifference to UX, in history, but reaping from users, at will, ever.
— Grandchild of Immigrants w/4 Armed Forces Uncles (@plaidlawnchair) April 15, 2019
I agree completely. It is. (sez me, on Twitter)
— Montrealaise Malaise. (@montrealaise2) April 15, 2019
I left @facebook almost a year ago, and I feel so good.
— Greg #BanAssaultRifles🇺🇸 (@GregA1313) April 15, 2019
If I didn’t have group chats to keep in touch with friends from back home I probably wouldn’t use it either. So I can’t say I blame her.
— David Bugden (@bugden_david) April 15, 2019
For some, the lure of Facebook evaporated when the site opened itself up to people other than college kids.