Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Facebook after Meta rebrand as ‘a cancer to democracy’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mince words when discussing Facebook’s name change. Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Facebook a “cancer to democracy.”
  • She made the comments after Facebook announced it would change its name to Meta.
  • The name change comes after numerous negative reports about Facebook’s business practices.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York had some harsh words for Facebook following its name change to Meta on Thursday.

“Meta as in ‘we are a cancer to democracy metastasizing into a global surveillance and propaganda machine for boosting authoritarian regimes and destroying civil society…for profit,'” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to the news.

Facebook on Thursday said it will change its name to Meta, underscoring its efforts to build a virtual space populated by digital avatars that Mark Zuckerberg calls the metaverse. The company’s services like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp will now exist under the Meta umbrella, but the company’s corporate structure isn’t changing.

Facebook will start trading under the new stock ticker MVRS in December.

The name change comes amid a firestorm of revelations about Facebook’s business practices detailed in thousands of pages of documents leaked to the press. The documents, provided to the media and US government by former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen, paint a picture of a company that struggles to stem misinformation and illegal and dangerous activity on its platform, especially outside the US.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, has been critical of Facebook and other tech giants in the past. Following Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ journey to space in July, she blasted the online retailer’s low wages and “inhumane workplace.” Earlier in October, she criticized Facebook’s “monopolistic mission” as having “incredibly destructive effects on free society and democracy.”