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10/02/2016 14:40 GMT | Updated 10/02/2016 14:59 GMT

Facebook Board Member Offends India With 'Colonialism' Tweet

A member of Facebook's board of directors has incurred India's wrath after posting a tweet suggesting the country was better off under colonial rule.

Following a ruling banning Facebook's Free Basic internet service, Marc Andreessen, tweeted "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?"

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Twitter went into overdrive trying to point out the error of his ways:

After invoking India's ire, Andreessen deleted his tweet and attempted to withdraw from the online row:

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Realising the impossibility of this option, one Twitter user, @_steve3_, advised him: "Don't piss off a billion people."

To contain the fire, Andreessen later tried to explain his view on colonialism:

Twitter however, was having none of it and eventually the apology came: