Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left Facebook, calling the social network «threat to public health»

A member of the house of representatives, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most prolific and influential politicians in social networks with millions of subscribers, decided to say goodbye to Facebook.

Sunday, April 14, Democrat told Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery that she gave up her personal account on the world’s largest social network, but its campaign continues to sponsor a few active listings in Facebook.

Ocasio-Cortez explained his decision by the fact that, in her opinion, all social media are «a threat to the health of the population.» They lead to issues such as increased isolation, depression, addiction, escapism, and anxiety.

«There is a compounded impact on youth, especially children under the age of 3 years who spend time at the monitor screen, said Ocasio-Cortez. But I think it affects older people. I think it affects everyone.»

A young politician, who writes all her own tweets and posts in Instagram, says she tries to limit the use of social networks during the working week.

The Congresswoman said that her departure from Facebook was «important», because it was crucial for her campaign. Ocasio-Cortez joins other celebrities who have abandoned the social network, including co-founder of WhatsApp Brian Acton, who sold his company to Facebook in 2014, and co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak. Both technologist broke up with the social network amid boycott users after Facebook gave Cambridge Analytica personal information of millions of users.

A study of the Pew Research center showed that 74% of adult Facebook users in the United States have done one of the following: changed the privacy settings refused a platform or remove it. However, the figures indicate that some of the people who have left the platform, came back, and that the company still attracts new users.