As a response to TRAI’s decision for a more democratic internet in India, a high profile member of Facebook tweeted in the tone of a 19th century imperialist; Mark Andreesen, Facebook’s directorial board member, tweeted to his half a million followers that “Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades…….Why stop now? ” . The tweet created a furore in the cyber world. Netizens sharply criticized the neo- colonial mindset of Facebook.
— Aran Khanna (@arankhanna) February 10, 2016
— Suris Oriebil (@slibeiro) February 12, 2016
— Kosher Samosa (@qu1j0t3) February 12, 2016
— Raj Bharathi (@RajBoss) February 10, 2016
Later, Andeersen removed the tweet and apologized
— pngmarca (@pngmarca) February 10, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, who is on a mission to digitalise the ‘cattle class’, in his own Facebook post, described the comment as deeply upsetting and said that the tweet does not represent Facebook’s thoughts on the issue.