Mayor unfriending Facebook

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says she's quitting Facebook's "toxic echo chamber."

"When I became mayor, Facebook was still a civil place," she says in a blog poset. "It was a place where I could share ideas and get good feedback, where dialogue happened."

But, she adds, the social media platform is now distorting politics and the way people think.

"Facebook has become a toxic, echo chamber where people who have anything positive to say are often in defence mode against negativity and anger."

She called Facebook dialogue a cycle of negativity "where division rather than much-needed connection is the norm."

She's deleted the app from her phone and iPad and plans to shut down her account completely.

The mayor said she's still available through email at [email protected], her office, blog, and local radio appearances.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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