Microsoft swaps race in Web site photo

A photo on its U.S. site features three people--one white, one black, one Asian. Same shot on Polish site shows a white head superimposed on the black man's body.

Some highly suspect photo editing judgment is landing Microsoft in hot water.

In a photo on its U.S. Web site, an apparent stock photograph features three businesspeople--one white, one black, and one Asian. Microsoft's Polish subsidiary uses the same photo--except a white head is superimposed in place of the black person's head that appears on the U.S. site. The hand in both photos is the same.

Although Microsoft would be within reason to use a different photo on its Polish site--the country is very racially homogeneous--the company is coming under significant criticism for simply photoshopping a head onto someone else's body.

"In this day and age, this is shocking," wrote Twitter user Barry McCauley. "Unacceptable."

A Microsoft representative did not immediately have comment on the matter.

Here's the U.S. site photo (click to enlarge):

Screenshot by CNET News

And here's the one from the Polish site (click to enlarge):

Screenshot by CNET News

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