New Delhi :
Indians should have embraced colonialism- the shocking tweet by Facebook board member Marc Andreessen sent the social media into frenzy on Wednesday.
Such was the reaction that Andreessen, a well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalist, finally deleted the tweet.
He first posted the tweet after weighing in on India banning differential pricing for internet data content.
I hereby withdraw from all future discussions of Indian economics or politics. ðŸ˜€ Carry on...— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) February 10, 2016
The decision recently struck down Facebook's free internet scheme fronted by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
He then tweeted, "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?"
The tweet was deleted but a screenshot is in wide circulation.
On Monday, telecom regulator TRAI backed net neutrality and banned differential pricing for data, which means no content can be offered at discounted rates.
Facebook said in a statement: "While disappointed with the outcome, we will continue our efforts to eliminate barriers and give the unconnected an easier path to the internet."