Marc Andreessen Apologizes for Tweets About India

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This story originally appeared on Reuters

, a prominent venture capitalist and Inc. board director, apologized on Wednesday for tweets that condemned the for banning the social media company's free service.

introduced rules on Monday preventing from having different pricing policies for accessing different parts of the Web, effectively dismantling Facebook's Free Basics program, which offers a pared-back version of Internet service.

Andreessen, who often takes to to offer his opinions, said the new rules denied India's poor access to the Internet. Only 252 million out of India's 1.3 billion people have Internet access.

"Denying world's poorest free partial Internet connectivity when today they have none, for ideological reasons, strikes me as morally wrong," Andreessen wrote.

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

On Wednesday, Facebook condemned Andreessen's Twitter outburst.

"We strongly reject the sentiments expressed by Marc Andreessen last night regarding India."

Dozens of Twitter users blasted Andreessen for his comments, which he deleted and apologized for on Wednesday in eight tweets.

"I apologize for any offense my comment caused, and withdraw it in full and without reservation," he wrote. "I will leave all future commentary on all of these topics to people with more knowledge and experience than me."

Earlier this week, Facebook Chief Executive said he was disappointed with the Indian ruling and said that the company was still "working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world."

(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Paul Simao)

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