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.”
She has a point.
For some, the lure of Facebook evaporated when the site opened itself up to people other than college kids.
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Painful to watch, imperative to see.