Deeply upsetting, says Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook official makes offensive remark on India

Writing on Facebook, Zuckerberg said the comments do not represent what he or the social network thinks of India.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016, 09:55 AM IST
Deeply upsetting, says Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook official makes offensive remark on India
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

San Fransisco: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has described as “deeply upsetting” company official Marc Andreessen's offensive remarks on India.

Writing on Facebook, Zuckerberg said the comments do not represent what he or the social network thinks of India.

"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 on Wednesday.

 

"India has been personally important to me and Facebook. Early on in my thinking about our mission, I traveled to India and was inspired by the humanity, spirit and values of the people. It solidified my understanding that when all people have the power to share their experiences, the entire world will make progress," he said.

 

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, 10 February 2016

The reaction came not long after Andreessen deleted the offensive remarks made on Twitter.

Andreessen, a Facebook board member, had tweeted on Tuesday, "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?"

 

He was reacting after India's telecom regulator, TRAI, ruled in favour of Net Neutrality and banned differential pricing for Internet data content.

The biggest impact of the decision was on Facebook which will now not be able to continue its free Internet scheme, Free Basics.

Andreessen's tweet invited criticism on Twitter and he later deleted the remarks.

 

But angry reactions continued to pour in and the Facebook official was forced to apologise on Twitter.

"I apologize for any offense my comment caused, and withdraw it in full and without reservation," he wrote. "I will leave all future commentary on all of these topics to people with more knowledge and experience than me."