Updated: As per latest updates, Marc Andreessen tweeted an apology for any offence caused by his earlier tweets on India, which had received drawn huge criticism from Indians.
Clearly Facebook is not very happy given that Free Basics has been voted down by TRAI in India. That’s understandable given it fought a really expensive battle to hard sell it as the only way India could lift a billion people out of poverty by bringing them online. Net Neutrality supporters opposed to it on the grounds that it peddled digital slavery in the name of digital equality which Facebook repeatedly denied. However, the latest tweet of Facebook Board Director Marc Andreessen suggesting that colonization would have better for India economically confirms that at the heart of it. Free Basics was nothing else but just another form of colonialism.
Marc tweeted the following controversial tweet after Free Basics was given the thumbs down by TRAI this week.
The tweet obviously did not go well with Indians or for that matter a lot of people who were pissed by Marc’s suggestion that India would have been better off under colonization and should continue to be. It just reinforced what Mahesh Murthy, angel investor and co-founder of Seedfund, had aptly summed up in his Linkedin post on the subject.