Facebook board member and Silicon Valley investor Marc Lowell Andreesen is clearly upset over the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ruling in support of net neutrality. The 'historic' TRAI ruling, which is against differential data pricing, is a huge blow to Facebook's controversial Internet.org, later dubbed as Free Basics services programme.
Early on 10 February, Andreesen ruffled a few feathers when he tweeted:
Later, the Silicon valley investory deleted the tweet and also offered an apology (of sorts). However, the damage was done and the screenshot of his now infamous tweet is going viral.
Here's what he wrote in reaction to the outrage his tweet garnered:
Following the TRAI ruling, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had expressed his disappointment. He wrote in a Facebook post:
And for the record, I am opposed to colonialism, in any country. https://t.co/3ommgZssMm- Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) February 10, 2016
"While we're disappointed with today's decision, I want to personally communicate that we are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world. Internet.org has many initiatives, and we will keep working until everyone has access to the internet".