Microsoft Edits Black Person Out of Ad; Everyone Offended

Microsoft Edits Black Person Out of Ad; Everyone Offended

Published August 27, 2009

Software giant Microsoft Corp. is apologizing for altering a photo on its Web site to change the race of one of the people shown in the picture.

A photo on the Seattle-based company's U.S. Web site shows two men, one Asian and one Black, and a White woman seated at a conference room table. But on the Web site of Microsoft's Polish business unit, the Black man's head has been replaced with that of a White man. The color of his hand remains unchanged.

The photo editing sparked criticism online. Some bloggers said Poland's ethnic homogeneity may have played a role in changing the photo.
"We are looking into the details of this situation," Microsoft spokesperson Lou Gellos said in a statement Tuesday. "We apologize and are in the process of pulling down the image."

Microsoft has apologized for editing a Black man out of a photo for its Polish business unit. The unedited photo is at top; the edited version is on the bottom.


Written by Associated Press


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