Andreessen tweeted, “ Last night on Twitter, I made an ill-informed and ill-advised comment about Indian politics and economics. To be clear, I am 100% opposed to colonialism, and 100% in favor of independence and freedom, in every country, including India. I am a huge admirer of the nation of India and the Indian people, who have been nothing but kind and generous to me for many years. I apologize for any offense my comment caused, and withdraw it in full and without reservation. I will leave all future commentary on all of these topics to people with more knowledge and experience than me”.

A tweet by Facebook board member Marc Andreessen implying that Facebook's Free Basics is the same as colonialism created a storm on Twitter on today, with many Indians lashing out against him on Facebook as well as on Twitter.

Andreessen wrote on Twitter, "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?"

Although the tweet was later deleted, the comment – made after India's telecom watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said no to discriminatory pricing of data content – led to several Indians storming the social networking sites with angry reactions.

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