Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is apparently quitting Facebook and social media altogether.
Citing “health reasons,” and while admitting that Facebook and other social media platforms were “crucial” to her campaign in New York, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has concluded that she is not only quitting the platforms, but that she plans to proactively start a campaign against them and their use.
My advice: post but don’t read the comments. Life is good. Ocasio-Cortez Quitting Facebook, AOC Calls It Public Health Risk https://t.co/0VIJPJgEpT
— Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki) April 15, 2019
The inconsistency of @AOC calling Facebook a "public health risk" and closing her personal account while continuing to promote campaign ads on Facebook to help her presidential bid is pretty extraordinary.https://t.co/tgtiTwXTke
— Will Tanner (@Will_Tanner) April 16, 2019
Many took to social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter, to respond to her decision and voice their own take on the issue:
— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) April 16, 2019
AOC quits Facebook – The Washington Post https://t.co/k9NbG8eIjO
— Farrah Fazal (@FarrahFazal) April 15, 2019
According to Fortune:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admits Facebook was “crucial” to her political campaign, but says she’s not only quitting the platform, she’s starting a campaign against it and other social media sites.
Ocasio-Cortez, in an interview on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” said social media has become a “public health risk” leading to “increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”
While she’s still using Facebook to enlist support for her Green New Deal and to raise funds, Ocasio-Cortez says she has suspended her personal account on the Website. She remains active on other social media sites, posting on Twitter Monday morning and keeping her (Facebook-owned) Instagram account open, though she hasn’t posted on that since March 31. (Ocasio-Cortez writes her own Tweets and Instagram posts.)
However, she said on the podcast, she’s trying to cut back.
“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.
This isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has slammed social media. In January, the Congresswoman from New York called Facebook out (along with Google and Microsoft) for its “implicit support” to climate change deniers.
Ocasio-Cortez rose to power last year, beating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley and Republican Anthony Pappas to become the youngest person ever elected to Congress.
As you can see, Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire mostly for being hypocritical when it comes to this matter.
She has also claimed that her followers should not have children to do more to combat ‘climate change.’ I, for one, am good with her doing both.