Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose mastery of social media, stated The Washington Post, “helped drive the national conversation and shed light on the inner workings of congressional power, has given up on the most popular social network in the world.
“In an interview Sunday with the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” the New York Democrat said she stopped using her Facebook account and was scaling back on all social media, which she described as a “public health risk” because it can lead to “increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”
“Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who burst onto the national stage after defeating a high-ranking incumbent, said her departure from Facebook was a “big deal” because the platform was crucial to her campaign.”
The Post article added that Ocasio-Cortez joins other prominent users “who have given up on the social network, including WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who sold his company to Facebook in 2014, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Both technologists parted ways with the social network amid a user boycott and as the company faced a congressional inquiry over the Cambridge Analytica controversy, when it was revealed that the political firm had improperly obtained personal information from millions of Facebook users.
“Ocasio-Cortez’s disengagement from Facebook also tracks broad trends in social media use among young people. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center study, Facebook’s popularity among teens has plunged in recent years. Roughly half of the nation’s teenagers say they use Facebook, compared with 71 percent in 2015.”