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Ocasio-Cortez says she worries about ‘public health risk’ from social media

April 16, 2019 - 10:20 am

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has developed an impressive following on social media, but says she's well aware of its negative effects.

"I personally gave up Facebook," she told the Yahoo News podcast 'Skullduggery.'

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Her team still maintains Facebook pages for her including a congressional account and a political account. They've spent over $370,000 on ads in the past year, Facebook told CNN.

After amassing a large following on social media, Ocasio-Cortez led a discussion and class on using social media with other Democrats. Still, she said she worries about the negative personal impact of social media.

"I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody," she said, "There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3, with screen time, 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."

She added that while she has tried to curtail her social media use, she still writes her own Twitter and Instagram posts.

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