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11/02/2016 12:03 GMT | Updated 11/02/2016 12:59 GMT

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg 'Deeply Upset' By Colonialism Tweet Aimed At India

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is 'deeply upset' by a controversial tweet posted by one of his board members, which suggested that India was better off under colonial rule.

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Writing on his timeline yesterday night, Zuckerberg said: "I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all."

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On Wednesday, Marc Andreessen, a member of Facebook's board of directors, tweeted "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?" sparking an online row.

I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Zuckerberg's note was warmly received by Facebook users.

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