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AOC Considers Leaving Social Media Platform X

By    |   Wednesday, 30 August 2023 02:56 PM EDT

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Elon Musk's acquisition of the social media platform X is forcing her to consider closing her account.

Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Times that "Musk taking over Twitter [now X] has dramatically changed the media environment."

Asked by the Times is she would leave X, on which she has 13.2 million followers, AOC said, "This is a conversation that I've had."

"If one monitors my use of that platform, it has fallen precipitously," she said. "I think what would constitute a formal break is something that we actively discuss — whether it would require an event or if it's just something that may one day happen."

Ocasio-Cortez was reminded that the number of X followers represents her largest audience on social media.

"Absolutely. And that's why it's not something to be taken lightly," she told the Times.

AOC added that she is concerned her continued presence on the platform gives credence to the changes Musk has made and justifies how the CEO uses X.

"It's something that I have absolutely struggled with. I've certainly pulled back on my activity on the platform due to those concerns, and I do wrestle with that," she told the Times.

"Something that I've been focusing on a lot more is building audiences in alternative places. But, even now, when there are extraordinary events that happen, like natural disasters in the state of New York, I do think it's important to be able to have access to a messaging platform that people may trust. But it's uncomfortable."

In May, Ocasio-Cortez threatened to stop using Twitter after Musk promoted an account parodying her, the Independent reported.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted May 30 that "there's a fake account on here impersonating me and going viral. The Twitter CEO has engaged it, boosting visibility.

"It is releasing false policy statements and gaining spread," she continued. "I am assessing with my team how to move forward. In the meantime, be careful of what you see."

Ocasio-Cortez last month pushed back against the social platform's claim that more than 99% of the content users and advertisers see X as being "healthy."

"I have never experienced more harassment on this platform than I do now," AOC tweeted July 18.

Charlie McCarthy

Charlie McCarthy, a writer/editor at Newsmax, has nearly 40 years of experience covering news, sports, and politics.

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Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Elon Musk's acquisition of the social media platform X is forcing her to consider closing her account.
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