Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Facebook board member offends India, Zuckerberg chides him and apologizes

Narada Desk | February 11, 2016 2:58 pm Print

New York: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg chided his colleague’s controversial statement, stating that the remark was “deeply upsetting”.

Facebook board member, Marc Andreessen had posted an offensive tweet, stating that Free Basics was akin to colonialism. The tweet had created a massive uproar on social media. Zuckerberg came down heavily on the member stating that it does not represent Facebook’s ideology.


“I want to respond to Marc Andreessen’s comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

“India has been personally important to me and Facebook. Early on in my thinking about our mission, I travelled to India and was inspired by the humanity, spirit and values of the people. It solidified my understanding that when all people have the power to share their experiences, the entire world will make progress,” he said.