Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday slammed company director and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen by terming his comments as "deeply upsetting". Andreessen set off a storm on social media after his offensive tweet which compared Facebook's Free Basics service in India to colonialism.
Andreessen wrote on Twitter: "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?"
Facebook and Zuckerberg have clearly distanced themselves from the company's longtime board member's tweet. "I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
Recently, TRAI made an annoucement that no telecom operator will be allowed to to have differentially priced tariff plans. Telecom companies will not be allowed to control or discrimate any content that can be easily accessed on the internet.
On Monday, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a much-awaited order that it has blocked Free Basics scheme offered by Facebook that offers free access to users on their mobile devices, but only for limited websites and apps. India has not been supportive of the program because of its concerns over net neutrality and also Facebook's attempt to control the online content that it offers to its users.
Facebook also said that the company was disappointed with TRAI's outcome, but the high-profile Silicon Valley venture capitalist took on to Twitter to express his dislike for the same by posting a series of offensive tweets.
The tweets were later deleted when Andreessen garnered much flak over his comments and also apologised by saying that his earlier tweets were "ill-informed and ill-advised".