Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is speaking out against the comments of board member Marc Andreessen, who infuriated people on Twitter on Tuesday night over what he said about the social network's "Free Basics" program in India.
When entrepreneur and venture capitalist Vikram Chachra replied that it sounded like Andreessen was justifying "internet colonialism," Andreessen responded in this now-deleted tweet:
Although he later apologized, Facebook still clearly felt the need to distance itself from that perspective.
"We strongly reject the sentiments expressed by Marc Andreessen last night regarding India," a representative said.
Zuckerberg added on his Facebook page that he "found the comments deeply upsetting."
Andreessen apologized for his comments on Tuesday evening, and issued a second apology on Wednesday:
1/Last night on Twitter, I made an ill-informed and ill-advised comment about Indian politics and economics.--Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) February 10, 2016
2/To be clear, I am 100% opposed to colonialism, and 100% in favor of independence and freedom, in any country, including India.--Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) February 10, 2016
3/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.--Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) February 10, 2016
4/I apologize for any offense my comment caused, and withdraw it in full and without reservation.--Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) February 10, 2016