Mark Zuckerberg Calls Marc Andreessen's Tweet On India Colonization 'Deeply Upsetting'

11/02/2016 11:08 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Zuckerberg said a lack of relevant local language content is the biggest barrier to the 4.4 billion people globally who don't have Internet access. Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday slammed company board member Marc Andreessen's tweet that seemed to suggest that colonialism was good for India.

I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Andreessen, a venture capitalist and the founder of VC firm Andreessen-Horowitz, later he deleted the tweet, following it up with an apology.

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Zuckerberg added that "India has been always an important place for me and the company. I have found spiritual and inspirational values while travelling in the country". He added that "Facebook has always stood for connecting people across the world but we need to understand the past of a country before shaping the future. I've gained a deeper appreciation for the need to understand India's history and culture". Zuckerberg had last visited India in September 2015 where he held a town hall with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Recently, India's telecom regulatory authority TRAI announced that no telecom operator will be allowed to have differentially priced tariff plans. Telcos must not discriminate any content on the internet. This decision meant that ambitious zero rated plans like Facebook's Free Basics was prohibited.

Andreessen had a long conversation on Twitter where he made the 'anti-colonialism' comment about India. His colleague and tech blogger Benedict Evans also added fuel to the fire alleging that the government policies in India has hampered overall growth.

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A lot of people from media, start-up world and the Internet were shocked and offended by Andreessen's comments. They asked him to withdraw the comment as those were ill-opinionated. Yesterday he said: "I apologize for any offense caused by my earlier tweet".

This morning, in a series of tweets, he admitted that his earlier posts were ill-informed and ill-advised.

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