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AirAsia CEO quits Facebook after New Zealand mosque massacre

Discount airline founder condemns airing of killings on social media

AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes said he will quit Facebook to protest the livestreaming of the killing of 50 worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- AirAsia's group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes quit Facebook on Sunday to protest the livestreaming of the New Zealand mosque shootings.

The budget airline founder, an active social media user, has kept his Twitter and Instagram accounts open. Saying that he had been a "victim" himself of various allegations on Facebook, Fernandes decided to drop Facebook following the massacre in Christchurch on Friday, which the suspect broadcast on the social media site as it was happening.

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