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#DigitalColonialism

Net-NeutralityAs 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.


Later, Andeersen removed the tweet and apologized


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.

 

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