Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday publicly addressed Facebook board member Marc Andreessen’s comments as ‘upsetting’.
The Facebook CEO also distanced himself and the company from Andreessen’s comments, which earlier had offended Indians and had to face the ire from the millions.
The comments, made by Andreessen on his Twitter feed, created a firestorm of criticism. Andreessen has since apologized.
Zuckerberg wrote in a post to his Facebook page.
“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.
India has been personally important to me and Facebook. Early on in my thinking about our mission, I traveled to India and was inspired by the humanity, spirit and values of the people. It solidified my understanding that when all people have the power to share their experiences, the entire world will make progress.
Facebook stands for helping to connect people and giving them voice to shape their own future. But to shape the future we need to understand the past. As our community in India has grown, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the need to understand India’s history and culture. I’ve been inspired by how much progress India has made in building a strong nation and the largest democracy in the world, and I look forward to strengthening my connection to the country.”
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