Marc Andreessen Did A Magnificently Bad Tweet 

Marc Andreessen Did a Magnificently Bad Tweet

Facebook board director, venture capitalist and proof-of-concept egg/human hybrid Marc Andreessen has carried out a most impressive feat -- a tweet so bad he simultaneously destroyed Facebook's party line about its Free Basics program and implied that India would be better off still ruled by England. Look at this:

Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?

The now-deleted tweet was a response to someone comparing Free Basics to colonialism. Free Basics is Facebook's "free internet for everyone!" program, which was banned in India because it violates net neutrality. Andreessen, like Mark Zuckerberg, does not want India to ban Free Basics.

Unlike Zuckerberg, who keeps insisting that Free Basics is an altruistic act of good vibes via free knowledge, Andreessen seems to at least acknowledge that Facebook's attempt to on-ramp poor people by offering a limited, Facebook-centric version of the internet is a fraught example of a Western superpower attempting to gain a stronghold for its own benefit in India, and why people would have a problem with that.

Andreessen quickly deleted his tweet, but people, uh, noticed.

Marc Andreessen Did a Magnificently Bad Tweet

Andreessen attempted to walk back his statement by asserting that colonialism is bad.

Rich people tweet stupid shit all the time. I doubt this will have a lasting impact on Andreessen's reputation or ability to function in his career. "Arsehole tweets insult" is not what's significant about this -- it's that we have proof of a high-ranking Facebook board member admitting that Free Basics isn't just a dreamy lovefest.

Facebook is distancing itself from the situation, no surprise. "We strongly reject the sentiments expressed by Marc Andreessen last night regarding India," a spokesperson told Gizmodo.

Earlier this morning, Andreessen tweetstormed about his bad tweet. It was painful:

Mark Zuckerberg updated his Facebook to talk about how he loves India and does NOT like Andreessen's statement.

Marc Andreessen Did a Magnificently Bad Tweet

[The Next Web]



    The way Facebook or I think at all

    He just let it out of the bag that Facebook has become sentient and is in fact running things...

    Andreessen.. please join the Donald.. you would never have to apologise for nufin!

    Opps! Whenever we hear a big Corporation telling us what they are doing is good for developing world, lets be 100% clear, they really are just acting in their own self interest.

    When we are told that selling coal to India is morally right or Monsanto says it's GMO's in India are there to help farmers we know it's all bullsh*t. After what Dow Chemicals did in Bhopal I would imagine the whole of India is very skeptical.

    I am Indian, and his statement is not wrong or offensive
    Half of India doesn't know how to use a toilet for heaven's sake, and NOR DO THEY WANT TO

    Please stop kissing asses anytime someone makes a comment about race, culture, religion or countries
    All you do is kill the debate and make people more hypersensitive about these issues which should be free to discuss like the adults we are

    But Facebook Basics is digital colonialism, and it is crap no matter who it is pushed on

    In their heart of hearts, rich people know that they are better than the rest of us.

    Mark may have made a mistake, everything done to him looks intentional.

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