AirAsia’s CEO quits Facebook, citing New Zealand mosque mass shooting

Last Updated: Mar 18 2019 17:43
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Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Group, has closed his Facebook account, citing the live-streaming of the Christchurch Mosque terror attack on Friday, 15 March, that killed 50 people, saying it was too much for him.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Fernandes said Facebook Inc. could have done more and that his Facebook account had 670,000 followers.

He said earlier he may shut his Twitter page, citing “hate” being transmitted on social media. Fernandes’ Twitter account has about 1.29 million followers and he has tweeted more than 20,300 times since joining in 2008, often commenting on the performance of his companies, including one of Asia’s biggest discount carriers, and sports teams including a soccer team he owns a stake in.

Fernandes is also the co-owner and Vice Chairman of English football club Queens Park Rangers and is one of the prominent business personalities on social media.