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18 Mar 2019

Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business

AirAsia CEO quits Facebook

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"AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes quits Facebook: 'New Zealand was too much for me'," 18 March 2019

Fernandes, who had 670,000 followers, said in a series of tweets on Sunday morning that Facebook needs to "clean up" after videos of the New Zealand mosque attacks were uploaded to the platform. "The amount of hate that goes on in social media sometimes outweighs the good," he said in a tweet Sunday. "Facebook could have done more to stop some of this."

For at least 17 minutes on Friday, a suspected terrorist streamed live video of a mass murder at a mosque in New Zealand. New Zealand police alerted Facebook to the livestream, and Facebook said it quickly removed the shooter's account and the video. Facebook also said it was removing praise or support for the shooting "as soon as we're aware." On Saturday, Facebook said that it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack. "We continue to work around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people...," Mia Garlnick, spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand, said on Twitter.