AirAsia CEO quits Twitter

Fernandes had received 53 retweets and 166 likes with some claiming it to be a sad move for many who follow him

by DASHVEENJIT KAUR / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

SOME 10 months after quitting Facebook, AirAsia Group Bhd CEO Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes (picture) announced that he was closing down his Twitter account as he claims there is “too much negativity, falsehood and anger” within the social media platform.

In a tweet yesterday afternoon, Fernandes, who has 1.2 million followers, said “social media has become an angry place”.

“Having closed Facebook, (it is) time to shut down Twitter. (I’ve) Been such a fan, but too much negativity, falsehood and anger. It has been an amazing ride.

“Feel much better now not on Facebook and (I) am sure will be even better without Twitter. Social media has become an angry place,” he said.

Within 50 minutes of the tweet, Fernandes had received 53 retweets and 166 likes with some claiming it to be a sad move for many who follow him.

“Also, it’s a good platform for you to have a pulse on the needs of the people and vice versa, where you can explain certain issues. It also gives us direct access to you which would otherwise be almost impossible,” Krishnamurthy K said in a reply to Fernandes’ tweet.

Fernandes was also seen sharing #UninstallHatred #RebootHarmony tweets on his Twitter profile over the last two days.

In March 2019, Fernandes closed down his Facebook account after videos of the terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand were uploaded on the social media site.

In a series of tweets then, he said he was closing down his Facebook account as the attacks in New Zealand were “too much for me to take along with all the other issues”.

He, however, stated it was a “great platform to communicate” and promoted “strong engagement”.

The AirAsia group substantial shareholder has been on Twitter since December 2008 and was known to be very vocal. He has not shied away from sharing his thoughts on various issues via his tweets.