Microsoft Apologizes for Racial Photoshopping

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2009 12:21 PM CDT
The photo as it appeared on Microsoft's Polish site. It has since been replaced with the original.
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(Newser) – Microsoft has apologized after eagle-eyed Twitter users and bloggers noticed it swapped a white head onto the body of a black model in an image for its website in Poland. The image on Microsoft’s US homepage, captioned “Empower your people,” shows a white woman, a black man, and an Asian man. But on the Polish page, the black man’s head is swapped out, reports CNET.

Whoever edited the image didn’t do a very good job, however—the man’s hand remained black. “We apologize and are in the process of pulling down the image,” Microsoft told CNET. It also apologized on its official Twitter feed. As of this writing, the Polish site has been updated with the original, US version of the photo.