The purpose of requires_grad in F.l1_loss?

why does the way of calculating l1_loss depend on target.requires_grad?

def l1_loss(input, target, size_average=None, reduce=None, reduction='mean'):
    # type: (Tensor, Tensor, Optional[bool], Optional[bool], str) -> Tensor
    r"""l1_loss(input, target, size_average=None, reduce=None, reduction='mean') -> Tensor

    Function that takes the mean element-wise absolute value difference.

    See :class:`~torch.nn.L1Loss` for details.
    if not (target.size() == input.size()):
        warnings.warn("Using a target size ({}) that is different to the input size ({}). "
                      "This will likely lead to incorrect results due to broadcasting. "
                      "Please ensure they have the same size.".format(target.size(), input.size()),
    if size_average is not None or reduce is not None:
        reduction = _Reduction.legacy_get_string(size_average, reduce)
    if target.requires_grad:
        ret = torch.abs(input - target)
        if reduction != 'none':
            ret = torch.mean(ret) if reduction == 'mean' else torch.sum(ret)
        expanded_input, expanded_target = torch.broadcast_tensors(input, target)
        ret = torch._C._nn.l1_loss(expanded_input, expanded_target, _Reduction.get_enum(reduction))
    return ret