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Facebook board member Marc Andreessen deletes 'anti-colonialism' tweet after India Free Basics ban

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By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

February 10, 2016 | 3 min read

A tweet from tech investor and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen courted controversy after he suggested that India’s ‘anti-colonialism’ attitude was going to harm its economic progress.

As Facebook looks to breach the market with its Free Basics service, offering free internet to people in the region, the initiative hit a roadblock after Indian regulators banned the service.

Free Basics was found to breach net neutrality by the country as it only provided access to select services, such as Facebook.

In response Andreessen tweeted that the ban was morally wrong.

Following that a now deleted tweet urging India to embrace its colonialism from foreign MNCs read.

A backlash followed online, and predictably the prominent Silicon Valley figure issued an apology for the comments.

He concluded.

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