BP admits it ‘Photoshopped’ official images as oil spill ‘cut and paste’ row escalates

BP has ordered staff to stop manipulating photographs of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill response, as the row over its public relations campaign intensifies. The oil giant was forced to issue new guidelines to staff to “refrain from doing (sic) cutting-and-pasting” after several official company images were found to have been doctored. BP admitted on Thursday that it “Photoshopped” some of its official images that were posted on its website and vowed to stop the embarrassing practice. For the second time in two days, the company was identified to have doctored images posted on its official website that were supposed to show how it was responding to the oil crisis in America. In the latest image, a photo taken inside a company helicopter appeared to show it flying off the coast near the damaged Deepwater Horizon rig. But it was later shown to be faked after internet bloggers identified several problems with the poorly produced image that contradicted the appearance that it was flying. The image was posted on the official BP website but later removed. It has since been posted to the company’s official Flickr account under the heading “BP altered images, which also includes a further two faked pictures. The disclosures have created further embarrassment for the oil giant and is the latest blunder to hit the company.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/oil/7904221/BP-admits-it-Photoshopped-official-images-as-oil-spill-cut-and-paste-row-escalates.html

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