Selena Gomez Calls Social Media 'Terrible' and 'Dangerous'

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Selena Gomez may be back on social media these days, but that doesn't mean she loves it.

The 26-year-old singer spoke about the danger of using services like Twitter and Instagram at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday.

"I think our world is going through a lot. I would say, for my generation, specifically, social media has really been terrible," said Gomez, who is in Cannes to promote director Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. "It does scare me when you see how exposed these young boys and young girls are and they're not really aware of the news or anything going on. I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes."

"I think it’s pretty impossible to make it safe at this point," she continued. "I’m grateful I have the platform. I don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. For me, I like to be intentional with it. It just scares me. I’ll see these young girls at meet and greets. They are devastated, dealing with bullying and not being able to have their own voice. It can be great in moments. I would be careful and allow yourself some time limits of when you should use it."

Selena Gomez at Cannes
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As ET previously reported, Gomez revealed via Instagram last September that she was taking a social media hiatus. "As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given," she explained at the time. "Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember -- negative comments can hurt anybody's feelings. Obvi."

Gomez made her return to Instagram three months later and has been active ever since. Her latest post, shared Tuesday, featured a series of three selfies.

The singer's appearance at Cannes comes just a week after she skipped out on the 2019 Met Gala. A source told ET at the time that she was simply enjoying some time out of the spotlight, as she continues to keep some space between her personal life and public presence.

"She’s happy, healthy and doing great," the source said. "She’s happy to just be with friends. Selena loves what she does and she loves her fans, but she doesn’t like the pressure and expectations of being under a microscope."

Gomez was chic in a navy blue terry Chanel jacket and matching pants with oversized hoop earrings from Messika. 

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