Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it very clear that he disagrees with the comments made about India by one of his company’s board members.
On Tuesday, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen posted a series of controversial tweets on Twitter. In them, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the ruling by an India regulator that effectively killed Faceook’s “Free Basics” program.
In one of those tweets, which has since been deleted, Andreessen said colonialism had been good for the Indian people — a comment that drew outrage.
Free Basics is the Facebook program aimed at providing certain websites for free to impoverished people with access to a limited number of Internet services, including the social network.
Critics have said that the initiative violated the central tenets of net neutrality, which stipulate that all Internet content and users should be treated equally.
Andreessen eventually withdrew his tweet and apologized, admitting that his comments were “ill-informed and ill-advised.”
While one of Facebook’s earliest investors apologized, that didn’t mean Zuckerberg wasn’t going to use the controversy as a means to explain his position on India and chastise the poor choice in tweets.
“I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all,” wrote Zuckerberg in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“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.”
Here’s Zuckerberg’s full Facebook post: