Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), understood for live-streaming herself on Instagram, said on Sunday that she has given up Facebook and is downsizing on all social networks, which she referred to as a “public health danger to everybody.”
The New york city Democrat said on Yahoo News’sSkullduggerypodcast that she has stopped using her Facebook account– although her official page remains active and still runs active advertisements sponsored by her project, according to theWashington Post
” I actually believe that social networks poses a public health threat to everybody,” she said on the podcast. “There are magnified effects for young people, particularly children under the age of three, with screen time. But I believe it has a lot of impacts on older individuals. I believe it has results on everybody. Increased seclusion, anxiety, anxiety, dependency, escapism.”
The representative said she is trying to restrict her intake of social media to the workweek. ” Like every once in a while, you’ll see me get on Twitter on the weekends, but for one of the most part, I take usage of material; when it concerns usage and reading, I take the weekends off,” she said.
She last live-streamed herself on Thursday, April 4, for about an hour, as she rested on the flooring in her Washington, DC, apartment or condo and ranted about her political views while eating popcorn, drinking gewurztraminer, and assembling IKEA furnishings.
Critics commonly mocked the video on social networks, including those who mimicked her in their own videos.
So far, Ocasio-Cortez has tweeted or retweeted several times every day in April, other than for Sunday, when she taped the podcast. On Monday, however, she retweeted the podcast and was back to tweeting.