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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.’