Microsoft has confirmed that the image at the centre of an international race row has now been removed from its website. The firm has also issued a statement to stress that diversity and inclusion are 'core values'.

Microsoft has confirmed that the image at the centre of an international race row has now been removed from its website. The firm has also issued a statement to stress that diversity and inclusion are its ‘core values’.

Earlier today it emerged that digital trickery had been used to replace a black man’s face with that of a white man.

In a statement to Amateur Photographer, a Microsoft spokesman said: ‘The image has been removed. Diversity and inclusion are core values and business imperatives of Microsoft, and we apologise for any offence that might have been taken.’