As Indian telecom regulator banned the free basics by Facebook. Facebook came up with a mission to provide free basics in collaboration with Indian Telecom Reliance. With a mission that maximum members in India to be used the benefits of Internet. But the access would be provided for few basic websites including Facebook. Indian Telecom regulator banned this idea of free basics because of violating net neutrality policy. In reaction to this, the internet entrepreneur Marc Andreesson Tweeted about India on Anti- colonialism and economy. Mark reacted to controversial comments by Marc Andreessen.
“Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seriously reacted to Marc Andreessen’s comments and posted his personal reactions on his Facebook page in the early Thursday. Mark says
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” 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.”
Also stating his opinion about India he also mentioned the relationship of Facebook with India and clarified the basic intention of connecting people in India and expressed his mission in providing basic uses of Internet to another billion people in India.
Mark reacted to controversial comments on his Facebook page
“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.”
After giving his understanding about India after few visits to India he totally concluded his intent in providing free basics as below.
“Facebook stands for helping to connect people and giving them voice to shape their own future. But to shape the future we need to understand the past. As our community in India has grown, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the need to understand India’s history and culture. I’ve been inspired by how much progress India has made in building a strong nation and the largest democracy in the world, and I look forward to strengthening my connection to the country.”
Later on looking these opposing comments from Indians, Marc Andreessen closed curtain to this controversy giving his apologies to Indians and Indian economy. He also deleted his Tweet which he allegedly commented about Indian colonialism.
Following are his final Tweets about his words on India.
5/I will leave all future commentary on all of these topics to people with more knowledge and experience than me.
— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) February 11, 2016
Although he politely apologize Indians for his comments and deleted his first tweet, the screen shot of tweet has been circulating on Twitter viral.
Many people from India seriously re-tweeted about his words on Twitter. People reacts that India is not anti-colonialism but it respects the net neutrality to get benefited from all sources but not only few.
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