Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told listeners to a Yahoo News podcast that she has quit Facebook, is scaling back on her social media use, and considers the popular websites a “public health risk.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has frequently leveraged her large Twitter following against her political opponents, but now the freshman congresswoman says she is curbing her use of social media, ending use of Facebook altogether, and warns that the big tech giants pose a “public health risk” to consumers, especially those under the age of three.
In the podcast, Ocasio-Cortez revealed she has deactivated her Facebook account and plans to stop using the platform. However, she will continue to use Instagram, a subsidiary of Facebook.
Ocasio-Cortez also explained that she tries to limit her use of social media to weekdays, taking weekends off from the platforms. She said while she will sometimes use Twitter during weekends, she said “I take consumption of content, when it comes to consumption and reading, I take the weekends off.”
She then said she believes social media to pose risks to public health.
“I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” said Ocasio-Cortez “There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of three with screen time.”
It is unknown how many toddlers use Facebook, which requires users to be at least 13 years of age to create an account.
The representative added, “But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody. Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”
Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks during an appearance on Yahoo News’ Skullduggery podcast on Sunday.
Big League Politics reported on the exodus of left wing celebrities from Facebook last year.
MSNBC host Kasie Hunt deleted her Facebook last year after the network became embroiled in several controversies related to privacy and politics, saying she no longer trusts the platform. She joined Cher in her decision to leave the platform.
Cher, who recently came out against illegal immigration after President Donald J. Trump proposed shipping illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, accused Facebook of “colluding with the Russians” to interfere with elections in the United States.
Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn Calls on Ilhan Omar to Resign After Minnesota Democrat Calls to “Dismantle” U.S. “System of Oppression”
Omar appeared to refer to the American economy and political system as “oppression.”
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn called upon Minnesota Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to resign from office on Tuesday, hours after Omar had appeared to endorse the “dismantling” of the American “economy and political systems,” calling them a “system of oppression.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 7, 2020
“As long as our economy and our political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shutout, we will perpetuate this inequality. We cannot stop at the criminal justice system. We must begin the work to dismantle the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
Omar had made the remarks in the context of arguing that Democratic “criminal justice reform” was insufficient to answer the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for a more dramatic and wide-ranging restructuring of American society.
Blackburn called on the Minnesota freshman Democrat to resign hours after the anti-American speech in a tweet, stating that Omar could no longer credibly follow her oath to preserve the Constitution after referring to the American system broadly as a “system of oppression.”
Ilhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it. Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy. Omar should resign.https://t.co/ujBGxbWXtR
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 7, 2020
Omar’s grandfather Abukar Omar had served as a government official in the dictatorship of Siad Barre in Somalia, and the Omar family sought political refuge in the United States when the Barre dictatorship-known for its human rights abuses and a mass killing of minorities thought of by some as a genocide- was overthrown in a civil war.
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