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    Indians Are Pissed Off At This Facebook Director's Tweets About Free Basics Being Rejected

    "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?"

    During a conversation about the TRAI rejecting Free Basics, venture capitalist and member of Facebook's board of directors Marc Andreessen tweeted that anti-colonialism had been "catastrophic" for India.

    Twitter: @pmarca

    Andreessen deleted the tweet soon after, saying it was being misconstrued, but a lot of people were still angry about it.

    Looks like @pmarca has deleted his ‘anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for India’ tweet. Hope he is regretting. Apologies?

    marc andreessen has a point, we should try this idea of letting white people run all our things. wonder why we've never tried it before.

    yup @pmarca and @facebook clearly see themselves as the new East India Co colonial saviours to poor brown India

    Wow: @pmarca's really lost perspective. He seeks to take on those calling Free Basics "colonialism", but overreacts.

    So @pmarca deletes his tweet suggesting that being colonized was good for India, and our anti-colonial, anti-Facebook move was bad. Sigh.

    @pmarca But u wouldnt have dared to tweet, "anti-slavery" or "pro-civil rights" has been disastrous for blacks, would u?

    @pmarca @lemonandice @BenedictEvans i had to step away from my desk after reading this. Wow.

    Even Reddit users weren't on board with Andreessen's comments.

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    Andreessen later withdrew from the discussion and clarified that he was opposed to colonialism.

    And for the record, I am opposed to colonialism, in any country.

    Bye, Marc.

    I hereby withdraw from all future discussions of Indian economics or politics. 😀 Carry on...

    (Andreessen is the cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which invested $50 million in BuzzFeed in 2014.)

    UPDATE: Andreessen tweeted an apology for his tweet.

    The tweet read, "I apologize for any offense caused by my earlier tweet about Indian history and politics. I admire India and the Indian people enormously. 😀"

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