Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says democracy has a 'Facebook problem'

The Democratic Congresswoman is no stranger to social media, but Facebook is well and truly in her sights.

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Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Facebook is causing problems for society.

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New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to social media. With more than 3.5 million followers on Twitter (and that catchy three-letter handle, @AOC), Ocasio-Cortez knows what it's like to go viral and has helped school her fellow politicians on how to stay Twitter-savvy

But the youngest woman ever elected to Congress also has social media in her sights. 

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to reports that Facebook had removed political ads posted by fellow Democrat Elizabeth Warren. The ads, in which Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, called for the breakup of Facebook, had been removed from the site before being restored on Monday. Facebook said the ads were removed for violating policies on the use of its logo.

In response to the news, Ocasio-Cortez said that while Facebook may have its own problems, "it's increasingly starting to look like our society (namely, our democracy) has a Facebook problem."

It's just the latest salvo fired in the tussle between Silicon Valley and Washington. Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have come under fire from lawmakers over the power they have to spread fake news, silence certain voices and shape the political conversation. 

But it's not just Facebook facing the sharp gaze of Congress. Tech giants such as Apple, Google and Amazon are also being scrutinized for the power they hold, particularly when it comes to competition and consumer choice. 

While the heat might have died off since Facebook was dragged before Congress last year, the battle clearly isn't over yet. 

Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.

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