Marc Andreessen Admits Facebook's Free Basics Is Colonialism and That He's a Dickhead in One Magnificently Bad Tweet
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
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.
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. "Asshole 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.
[ The Next Web ]